FUOYE crisis: Fayemi pledges justice for dead students, clears victims’ medical bills
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has taken over the medical and funeral expenses of victims of the violent protest at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) in fulfillment of his promise during a statewide broadcast recently.
This was confirmed yesterday by the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the governor, Mr. Ajayi Adeyanju, who was directed by the governor to ensure all victims were taken care of, saying other actions would be taken by government after receiving the outcome of the panels set up by the Police and university authorities to investigate the incident that resulted in the death of two undergraduates and left many, including two policemen, injured.
Adeyanju disclosed that two of the injured, who are still being treated at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja and Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Ido Ekiti, were reported to be recuperating well.He stated: “The multiple investigations into the incident are aimed at identifying those responsible for the degeneration of the protest and ensure justice for the dead students. Reports of the investigations are expected to be presented to the state government by end of September.
“We have taken care of the bills of those receiving treatments and those already buried. We are looking at all sides and justice will be done to all sides in this matter.”
The governor had, in his broadcast, expressed government’s regrets and resolve to get to the bottom of the incident, expressing sadness at the unfortunate incident and reiterating the rights of citizens to protest and the need for the Police to explore less fatal-prone ways to manage citizens’ unrest.
The two students who lost their lives, Kehinde Dada and Joseph Okonofua, have since been buried in Usi-Ekiti and Edo State, respectively. The government had earlier paid a condolence visit to the bereaved families and participated in their funeral ceremonies.