It has been alleged that final year students of the Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Ekiti State, celebrating the end of their exams were reportedly tear-gassed by some security operatives in the institution.
It was learnt during the incident that some students sustained injuries while others were rushed to the hospital, with the school management threatening the students not to post the incident on social media.
DAILY GIST reliably gathered that the school following the development ordered students to remove posts of the incident on social media or risk being expelled from the school.
A student wrote; “It was just 7pm and they were stopping the rally. They always impose rules like we are animals,”
“The security and Dean of Student Affairs started throwing tear gas everywhere. Students were suffocating; they didn’t even care about those who had health conditions.
“It’s a university, not a prison. Parents kept their children in their care now they released tear gas endangering the lives of students. It affected even those who were just going to buy food or going to their hostel. They threw inside the hostel.”
Why tear gas final year students?!!!! WTF!!!!!!! I’m so fucking upset!!!! A peaceful jubilation rally?!!! Are they animals?!!!! WTF!!!!!!!!!!!! Is this a country?! pic.twitter.com/SP3Awx9uSP
— T-baby (@Tamaradenyefar) June 18, 2021
Tamara Adenyefar said: “My sibling fell ill this morning and we are thinking it’s the after-effect from the tear gas, as she was on her way to get food when the whole thing happened.
“The final year students were celebrating their finals and they had a peaceful rally.”
“My sibling said that they were telling them to take down all the post if they made any because it could cost them their studentship.”
All efforts to reach the management of ABUAD for comment on the incident proved abortive.