The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students has confirmed that the Counter Terrorism Unit of the Nigeria Police Force were responsible for the death of two Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) students.
The President, Comrade Bamidele Akpan, alleged that the report of the students’ body’s fact findings showed that the undergraduates were shot dead by men of the Counter Terrorism Unit of the police.
The students last Tuesday protested in Oye-Ekiti over incessant power outage in the host community, leading to an attack on Erelu Bisi Fayemi’s convoy while on an empowerment tour of the town.
They were said to have engaged the security operatives detailed with the governor’s wife in a ‘mortal combat’, resulting in the alleged shooting of the students.
Two undergraduates, a 100-level student of Crop Science and Horticulture, Oluwaseyi Kehinde and Joseph Okonofua, a 300-level student of Biology Education, died. Several others were injured, with over a dozen of vehicles vandalised by the students.
Akpan spoke during a meeting with the FUOYE management, led by its Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, on Tuesday.
He said the visit was to review the past event that led to the tragic incident and unravel its immediate and remote causes.
“We are here on a very sad note first to sympathise with the management and students of the school on the unfortunate incident.
“We have been in Ekiti for three days doing fact- finding. We have sent an advanced team to see if, and to ensure that students with capacity to foment trouble are not allowed to do so. No students have been seen fomenting any trouble.
“We sympathise with you in this time of grief and assure you of our support. We have identified those who shot the students. They are men of the Counter Terrorism Unit of the Nigeria Police,” Akpan alleged.
Prof. Soremekun hailed NANS for its effort in promoting the interest of the students across the country.
He said the issues at hand would be resolved soon.
www.sojworldnews (c) September 19, 2019