Police warn against alleged planned protest by students, ‘ex-graduates’ over FUOYE, convoy crisis
SUG, TMG exonerate governor’s wife from killings
The Ekiti State Police Command has warned that students or any other groups should desist from unlawful assembly that could cause further tension and possible loss of lives.In a statement in Ado-Ekiti yesterday by its Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Caleb Ikechukwu, the police said it had discovered through intelligence gathering that a group under the aegis of ‘ex-graduates,’ who are not currently students of any higher institution, are presently moving into the state to foment and precipitate trouble over the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) crisis.
“The police command is using this medium to warn any one or group of person(s) against any unlawful assembly with an intent to cause breach of peace.
“The police command has the constitutional mandate to maintain law and order and also to stop any gathering which it thinks might lead to the break down of law and order.
“Furthermore, the police command shall deal decisively with any one or group who takes law into their hands. Such a person will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly no matter how highly-placed,” the statement said.However, the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to order thorough investigation of the killings.
A statement by NYCN Director of Education and Training, Oluwadamilare Bewaji, said: “It is understandable to say that the office of the First Lady has nothing to do with the epileptic supply of electricity to students’ environment but it would have been wise and safer if she had taken time to address and appease the agitating students.”
Meanwhile, FUOYE Students Union Government (SUG) President has dispelled speculations that the First Lady of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, ordered the shooting and eventual killing of the students of the institution.He said that Mrs. Fayemi was at the civic centre and might be unaware of the fracas going on outside the centre until it became worse.
Besides, a coalition of over 400 civil society organisations, Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), said the governor’s wife would not be in a position to order the firing of the students and that it would be in the interest of justice not to implicate anyone who has no command of responsibility for the conduct of the police.
The group stated this when it met with the leadership of the SUG of FUOYE in Ibadan to commiserate with the union and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) over the unfortunate incident.
According to the chairperson of the group, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, the incident affirms the growing brutality and use of excessive force by the Nigerian Police, and the entrenched culture of impunity of perpetrators in several parts of the country, which has once again resulted in these preventable deaths of the two innocent students. The TMG, which however, urged the Inspector-General of Police to ensure that the culprits are brought to book to serve as deterrence to others, demanded justice in an unequivocal term for the students of FUOYE and immediate lift on the ban of the students union.
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