Fetish Injunction in FUOYE! Union Members Use Charms to Barricade University Gate Over Crisis with Management

FUOYE gate barricaded with charms

Strange drama ensued at the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), Ekiti State, when unidentified union members tied fresh palm fronds and red clothes in what looked like local charms, to barricade the institution’s main gate in order to enforce a total strike action.

This followed a clash between striking Non-teaching staff of the institution and lecturers on Wednesday June 7, during which some lecturers were brutally beaten up by the non-teaching staff. It was also reported that some students who came to protect the lecturers were also beaten up by the non-teaching staff.

Reports have it that the non-teaching staff unions were protesting non-payment of hazard allowance and lopsided promotions by the university management as a result which they decided to embark on strike. Three union leaders, including the Chairmen of Senior Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, Com Ademola Mutiu, his counterpart in National Association of Academic Technologists, Com Ekundayo Ojugbaye and Chairman of the Non Academic Staff union, Com Adebayo Dada were suspended by the institution last week for declaring industrial action and for unruly behaviour to the council members. But the strike was not supported by the teaching staff who went to discharge their duties and got beaten up.

This closure of the university by the management after ordering the arrest of those involved in the show of shame.

In a dramatic twist, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Kayode Soremekun, in a press conference held in Ado-Ekiti

on Thursday June 8, accused the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose of being behind the violence threatening to destabilize the institution.

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He said Fayose had allegedly been after his life since September 28 after serving as the Chief Returning Officer in Edo governorship election won by Mr. Godwin Obaseki of the APC.
The Vice Chancellor also recalled that the governor’s alleged resolve to destabilize the university started a few days ago when he allegedly ordered the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Modupe Alade to bail some union leaders arrested for beating up some lecturers from the police custody.
He insisted that the suspension slammed on the union leaders still subsists in spite of the threats and unruly behaviour against the management members.
According to him, “This fight is meant to save the soul of our university against partisanship. It is a fight against principalities and power of darkness in high places working to politicize and destabilize our university”.
“As I speak with you now, my life and that of the Registrar, Mr Daniel Adeyemo and other management members are not safe. They even sent to a top management member Prof Amun that they are coming to embarrass him in the church he presided over on Sunday, it is as bad as that.”
He said he has written to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and the National Universities Commission on the issue.

But the Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications, Lere Olayinka , denied the allegation saying the governor had no business with the federal university.

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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  1. The issue is complicated but since the vice chancellor thinks the battle is not his but of God he should put his trust on God.

  2. this is a really serious case for a university

  3. This one is very bad

    May God see them through

    Quiz no 73
    Group 4

  4. chidume happiness

    This is complicated. But the federal government should always try to pay workers their salaries in order to avoid crisis in the school. Quiz no 102

  5. it’s good to know that the vice chancellor believes in God.
    Group 8
    Quiz number 97

  6. That’s an institution for God sake,instead of creating a scene why not settle the issues between the two parties. The non academic staff went too far with the issue.
    Quiz no:72
    Group 1
    2016054070

  7. we hand everything to God, vice should put trust in God.

  8. Ekiti state and their magical powers…. The vice chancellor should go into serious prayers like Moses did, because this is not a physical battle but spiritual. I think the school need Jesus back to back and also serious deliverance to keep them going.

  9. Agina Gloria Ebele

    The school authority should seek for a way to settle this amicably because violence will cause more harm to the school and the students who are being delayed. quiz no (76)

  10. Onuorah Adaeze Chidimma

    This an authorized institution for God’s sake the non academic staff went too far the issue is complicated buh the good thing to note is that the VC is God fearing(108)

  11. God I don’t understand and it leaves me wondering what education system is turning into, God us through more generations is still coming up.

  12. Erokwu crystal chinelo

    Am actually short of words, That’s a school for Christ sake.
    Group number: 15
    Quiz number: 20

  13. The government should always try paying the staff their salary to avoid crisis In school
    Quiz no: 9
    Group: 15 A

  14. Onyia Ogochukwu Mary

    Government should look into this issue before it turns to another thing.
    Quiz no 125

  15. God will fight fr u ok
    124
    group 14

  16. this is a complicated issue indeed and very disappointing for the name of the governor who should be the one settling this peacefully is also involve in falling the standard of education in Nigerian.

  17. Ebeledike ifunanya love

    It’s better there undergo some serious prayer .mostly the v.c and his family because they are the main target

  18. the vice should call them for peace talk cause violence is not the best ideal on how to settle disputes.
    2016054061
    Group 15A

  19. okeke chiamaka gabriella

    He should handover everything to God

  20. This issue is serious…. God have your way.

  21. The vice chancellor himself is to find a better to solve the probslem so that their should be a way of improvement in school
    Quiz no 120
    2016054003

  22. Ahn ahn but this isn’t a reason to beat up lecturers n students now, the union should go n face d federal government
    quiz no:118
    group no:6
    reg no:2016054050

  23. UMEAKU SOMTO ONYEDIKA

    Anything can happen oo
    when you don’t pay someone you ought to pay, be prepared for the worst

  24. ndubisi Chidimma Lilian 2016054080

    God have d finally say, he will see them through dis

  25. Have it gotten to the extent that people now plant charm in front of the school gate to press home their demands?this is awful.
    Group no:10

  26. The school should stop and settle their problems..God should protect the students

  27. These are times when calling on God to save would not be out of place. The VC should seek out platforms on which to solve the problem amicably.

  28. Thank God for the faith of the vice chancellor. God will fight the battle for you. quiz no 8 group 11.

  29. Everything is into Gods hands
    quiz no: 94

  30. this is really serious, this should be handed to God

  31. Government should try and pay these workers their salaries so as to avoid embarassment and chaos in the institution
    quiz 64
    2016054055

  32. Obaze Marycynthia Nzubechukwu

    This is serious matter, but the government should do something fast because they have family to feed,but did he said that the battle is for God not for them?they should try and pay them because God is washing ooo.

  33. This is really serious
    quiz no:98
    group8

  34. This is really serious…. Government should try and pay the workers their salaries. May God help them out in this situation.

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