The Vice President of the National Association of Nigeria Student, Ojo Raymond has refuted the claim by Punch Newspaper that Bisi Fayemi Escape Death in the hand of protesting Fuoye Student.
It is very embarrassing and a slap on the consciousness of Nigerian students to read of an unfortunate but distorted fact about the incidence that occured today at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti. Let it be made known that the Police officers attached to the wife of the Governor of Ekiti State Mrs Bisi Fayemi and the management of FUOYE unleased terror on the Students’ community which led to the death and significant injuries on students.
It is a widely known fact that the students of the University were protesting against poor and epileptic power supply in Oye and Ikole before they were attacked by the Police officers attached to the wife of the Governor of Ekiti State.
The manner in which the Police officers attached to the governor’s wife executed the purposeful mayhem on students showed lack of empathy, feelings of humaness and poor mental soundness of many Nigerian police officers.
Contrary to the fat lie circulated around by the Punch Newspaper, that the wife of the Governor was held down in the protest, she was never held down in the protest. Her trip was just a coincidence with the protest of the students. As a responsive woman and mother at the corridors of power, it is expected of her to come down to sympathise with the mass of students by addressing them and making a promise to press their demands to the government, instead one of her police orderlies alighted from the vehicle and slapped the Union President. This singular action which is a violation of right to dignity of human person spurred the students to demand for a peaceful explanation from the Police officer who slapped the president. While this was on, it is expected of the first Lady to intervene and broker peace rather other police officers attached to her responded by shooting sporadically at students without even considering the fact that the students were unarmed and, without giving any regard for the rules of engagement. Unfortunately, a student, Dada Kehinde Abiodun, a Part 1 student of the Department of Crop Science and Horticulture was killed while some were severly injured and are receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Ido.
It is however with smelly-bitterness that I read the press statement of the Vice Chancellor of FUOYE ordering for the immediate suspension of the Students’ Union which itself is another violation of freedom of association and assembly. This action clearly show that the management lack the capacity to maintain decorum in the University and also lacks leadership capacity in times of crisis. The Vice Chancellor decided to leave leprosy by treating eczema.
The National leadership of NANS hereby emphatically state that FUOYE management has no justification whatsoever to suspend the Union, and, we equally use this medium to caution the University management to desist from any act of victimisation on student. This is because because, their initial action has shown that they would go to any length to collaborate with the agents of the State to frustrate Students’ agitations.
We demand the immediate arrest and procecution of the Police officer that shot the student and other officers involved by the Inspector General of Police.
We demand that the University Management, rescind its decision on its purported suspension of the student union.
We demand that adequate compensation be given to the family of the student that was lost during the protest and also injured students should be taken care off.
We demand for the immediate restoration of power supply to the student communities .
Ojo Raymond O
VP External Affair, National Association of Nigerian Students