College Closure Follows Confrontation Between EFCC Agents and Faculty and Students
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College Closure Follows Confrontation Between EFCC Agents and Faculty and Students

The Federal College of Forestry in Ibadan has temporarily suspended its operations following a recent clash between its staff and students and officials from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The institution made the decision to shut down after a tense situation unfolded when EFCC agents carried out an unexpected visit to the college. Dele Oyewale, the Head of Media and Publicity for EFCC, explained in a statement released on Wednesday that seven EFCC agents from the Ibadan Zonal Command were at the college for a routine verification exercise regarding a surety named Azeez Kazeem Oluwakemi, who had vouched for the character of Alakinde Khalid Kolawole, a suspected internet fraudster in EFCC custody.

The EFCC team’s mission was to authenticate Oluwakemi’s address and identity, and they had duly informed the college community about their authorized assignment. However, upon their arrival, the students and staff of the college responded with a violent confrontation against the EFCC operatives.

Mr. Kehinde Olawale, the Public Relations Officer of the college, confirmed that the decision to close the college was taken in an effort to defuse the tension that had escalated. He mentioned during a phone conversation with DAILY POST that they had also filed a complaint at the Eleyele Police Station and had informed students about the temporary closure, stating, “What we have decided to do now is close down the school. We don’t want to see any student for now; this was done to douse the tension.”

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