NANS exonerates Fayemi, wife in FUOYE killings
National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) exonerated Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and his wife, Bisi, in the death of two students and lifted the ban on them across all tertiary institutions in the country.
The students’ body had declared the first couple of Ekiti persona non grata over alleged complicity in the recent killing of two students of Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) in a violent protest over poor power supply. Joseph Okonofua and Kehinde Dada were shot dead on September 10, 2019 during a protest that coincided with the visit of Mrs. Fayemi to Oye Ekiti, which led to confrontation between the first lady’s security details and students.
NANS described the role played by the governor and his wife in the burial of the departed students as outstanding.The killings had forced NANS to direct students to henceforth treat Fayemi and his wife as persona non grata in all Nigerian tertiary institutions.
In a communiqué by NANS Senate President, Gambo Mohammed, and Clerk, Kabiru Mohammed, after its Senate meeting in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the students said they had realised that neither the governor nor his wife knew anything about the death of the students.NANS said: “Ekiti State government has taken the responsibility of paying for hospital bills of all injured students and for the burial arrangement of the deceased.
“The government also visited the bereaved families and compensated them while processing the employment opportunity of two members of the bereaved families.“We realised that it is time to move on and allow the sleeping dog lie in the interest of peace and love.”
The students appealed to Fayemi to fulfil his promises to those who suffered any form of loss during the incident.Lamenting the death of a students’ leader, Yemi Adeniran, in a ghastly motor accident, NANS said the deceased did well as a member during his lifetime.