In a shocking turn of events, the Federation of Iwoland Students’ Union (FILSU) faced unprecedented chaos and violence at its emergency Congress held on November 2, 2023.
The disturbance began during the screening process for Electoral Members tasked with conducting the annual union election. The legislative body, led by Ayinde Afeez, faced objections as three selected members were alleged to be graduates. Despite protests from union members, the objections were ignored, leading to heightened tensions.
The situation escalated when the Executive body of FILSU, amidst the ongoing screening, announced an impromptu emergency Congress at the same venue. This move further fueled the unrest among the already agitated students.
A minor fracas erupted, involving the incumbent Chief Justice of FILSU, Toyin Abiola Qaseem, and another student. As tensions reached a boiling point, students claimed that armed thugs wielding cutlasses stormed the union’s secretariat, turning the chaos into a life-threatening situation.
Efforts by students to confront the armed intruders were met with brutal retaliation, resulting in injuries and widespread panic. Witnesses reported several students sustaining injuries as they fled the secretariat in an attempt to escape the armed assailants.
The incident marks a grave development in the ongoing leadership controversies within FILSU, raising concerns about the safety and stability of the student union. Authorities are now investigating the unprecedented violence and its underlying causes, as students demand accountability and a swift resolution to the turmoil.