Claim: Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) resumes activities on 3rd October, 2023.
Verdict: Contrary to the circulating information, FUOYE management has confirmed that it is not resuming academic activities on 3rd, of October. The calendar making the rounds on WhatsApp was fabricated.
On the 9th of September, 2023, the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) witnessed a sad event as the body of Atanda Modupe, a 200-level nursing student of the institution who had been previously declared missing, was found in a shallow grave within the school premises. Following this, the management announced an indefinite closure of the school, instructing all students to return home.
Recently, a new revised calendar began to circulate on WhatsApp with news that FUOYE will resume academic activities on the 3rd of October, 2023. It also had a breakdown of other activities, including lecture duration, matriculation, examination, and date for another semester.
Due to the circumstances that led to the school’s closure and the argument among other students who doubted this information, DUBAWA decided to step in with this fact-check.
Firstly, DUBAWA contacted Dotun Ajayi, FUOYE Students’ Union President, who said the viral calendar was fabricated and never emanated from the school. He added that he does not know whether the school will resume on October 3rd, as speculated.
“The school recently held a senate meeting regarding resumption, but no official memo has been released regarding the resumption date,” he said in a telephone conversation.
We also reached out to Wole Balogun, Special Adviser on Media Matters to the FUOYE Vice Chancellor and he debunked the information. He said that the students fabricated the news about resumption. He further provided an official circular released by the management to debunk the narrative.
“As the Special Adviser on Media to the Vice Chancellor, I can tell you that the management has debunked that information. It is our students that are carrying it around. I can send you the latest official memo,” he told DUBAWA over a telephone call.
FUOYE management has officially debunked the rumour that its academic activities resume on 3rd October. The claim is false.