Academic activities paralyzed in FUTA as students protest against harassment, extortion

NEWS DIGEST – Academic activities have been put on hold at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, over the incessant harassment and extortion of students by the indigenes who live at the South gate of the University.

The protest which started on Sunday January 16, 2022 where the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Joseph Fuwape, and the Dean of Students Affairs, Professor Gbenga Onibi, addressed the students, condemning the attacks of students by the indigenes, gave their massive support to the protest of the students and advised them not to make the protest a violent one.

The protest gained massive attention on Monday 17 January, 2022, whereby classes were suspended and all students came out in masses to the southern gate of the University in solidarity to the protest.

Speaking to some of the protesting students, they narrated how indigenes prey on students particularly fresh students who live outside campus especially at the South Gate.

“They harass and brutalize us as if we don’t even have rights or know our rights. The management and security agencies have been so silent on this issue despite it being rampant. The protest is necessary and hopefully it’ll bring an end to this daily harassment,” one of the students complained bitterly.

While meeting with the management of the University in a closed door meeting on Monday afternoon, the Students Union led by the President, Hon. Comrade Ibiyemi Abiodun made their demands known to the management, in order to stop the harassment and extortions at South Gate of the University, which are as follows;

1. Implementation of the Toll-Free Line promised on August 3rd, 2021, by the Vice-Chancellor

2. Lightning dark spots around FUTA SOUTH, NORTH, AND WEST GATE.

3. Stationing an Amotekun Patrol Vehicle in cases of emergencies.

While emphasizing that these demands are just minimum requirements which must be met before the Union calls off the protests, other requirements include

– Building a relationship with Security Parastatals

– Establishment of an independent security apparatus for the University Environment.

– Having Regular Meetups with related stakeholders, The University Management, the students’ Union, security officials, and Landlords Association and so on.

He affirmed that until these requirements are met, the peaceful demonstration will continue and will only be called off by the President when physical shreds of evidence that the requirements are met can be seen.