NANS blames police for FUOYE students’ death

The President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Bamidele Akpan, has  blamed    the Counter Terrorism Unit  of the police  for the death of   two  Federal University Oye Ekiti students  while  protesting against poor electricity supply in Oye and Ikole Ekiti. on Tuesday last week.

According to a statement by the Public Relations Officer of FUOYE, Mr Geoffrey Bakji, on Wednesday Akpan spoke at Oye Ekiti on Tuesday evening during a meeting between  NANS and the school’s   Vice-Chancellor, Prof Kayode Soremekun.

Some of the students  were injured when police allegedly fired tear gas at the protesters. However, two died.

Akpan  was quoted as saying  in the statement, “What happened in Oye Ekiti would not have warranted the presence of the CTU. What happened here was peaceful, according to our investigation.

“Students did not vandalise or destroy anyone’s property. Unfortunately, we were told  that trouble started after the protest when those who came to give security back up to the wife of the governor  were in town.

“Having completed our investigation, we came to the realisation that our students did what they had to do within the ambience of the law. Students have been protesting in other climes and no student was killed.”

The NANS chief  appealed to the VC  to  reopen the university shut down following the protest.

He  appealed to the university authorities to visit the families of the deceased as well as of those who got injured.

 Akpan said, “Joseph Okonofua)  has  yet to be buried as the mother said they had to take his body to Edo State for burial. Azeez  is  recuperating  at the  Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, we urge your management to see them.”

Soremekun said, “We have visited the families of the bereaved, I will also visit LASUTH when I get to Lagos tomorrow (Wednesday).

“We are having the council meeting on  October 3 and 4 where we will discuss the issue of reopening. What we did is to put the SUG on hold in order to reorganise and reassess the situation to see if it is possible to engage in a paradigm shift.”

But  spokesman for the police in the state, Caleb Ikechukwu, denied  the allegation.

Ikechukwu said, “I cannot confirm that. How did they arrive at that? Did they carry out any investigation? Are they investigators? Anybody is entitled to  their  opinion. But when anybody is alleging, it must be with caution. I still maintain that we  did not shoot anybody.”
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