Why police took over Ekiti Federal University – VC Clarifies

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The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Prof.
Kayode Soremekun, has said he was not responsible for the heavy
deployment of policemen on the university campus since Tuesday .

Soremekun said the unruly behaviour of some protesting workers , who
destabilised the campus for two days commencing from Monday, where
they inflicted bodily injuries on some academic staff for not joining
the strike, forced the Police Commissioner, Mr Wilson

Inalegwu to order security beef up to ensure protection of lives and
property.
Staff under the auspices of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian
Universities (SSANU) and Non-academic Staff Union(NASU), had on
Monday mobilized their members for a protest to demand immediate
payment of their November and December salaries, among other
unresolved issues.

The unions accused Soremekun of stalling attempt to effect promotion
of workers, engaging in arbitrary contracts' award, non-payment of
hazard allowance, among other issues bordering on workers' welfare.

Speaking in Ado Ekiti on Friday on the crisis rocking the university,
Soremekun, said all the outstanding salaries have been paid,
describing the inability of the workers to resume to work as gross
abuse of unionism.

"The police took over the gate and other strategic portion of the
school because of the behaviour of some protesting workers. Why
should I deploy police to gag union leaders or arrest them?

"I have my background in human rights activism. I believe in
legitimate protest but not the one that would cause a breach of
others' rights. The police learnt the Chairman of ASUU was beaten by
the protesting workers and the man escaped the scene and lodged a
complaint with the police, which prompted security beef up to
prevent loss of lives", he said.

Begging the restive workers to allow peace to reign, the VC pointed
out that all the issues surrounding the non- remittance of
cooperatives deductions, which the unions alleged had accumulated up
to the sum of N19m since December 2015, had been settled.
"They have all been paid. We are not owing any unit from 2015 to date
except the PAYE of Ekiti state who are being owed for two months," he clarified.‎

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