Motorists were, on Wednesday, subjected to a harrowing experience on the Sagamu-Benin Expressway, following a protest by students of the College of Education, Ekiadolor, which resulted in a gridlock that lasted for hours.
The students, who were venting frustration over the industrial action embarked upon by their lecturers and the State Government’s seeming indifference to the lecturers’ demand, barricaded the expressway at the Ekiadolor axis.
The students, who also complained about what they described as the poor state of their school infrastructure, had vowed to keep the roads closed till their demands were met.
All efforts by motorists, including a prominent Benin chief, Gabriel Igbinedion, who was on his way to Ibadan, to placate them were rebuffed by the students.
However, the situation turned violent shortly after a detachment of soldiers arrived at the scene and chased away the students, who then withdrew to their campus and started to destroy facilities in the school.
Channels Television correspondent, who has been monitoring the situation, says the gates to the school have been blocked by the students as the protest continues.