Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi while speaking with the management of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) on Friday over the crisis which led to the death of two students of the institution vowed to get to the root of the incident.
Governor Fayemi who stated that in a view to preventing the reoccurrence of such incident, the state government is fully ready to unravel and expose those behind the death of the two students.
We understands that Governor Fayemi who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Hon. Biodun Omoleye said that the fatal incident was avoidable if the students had channeled their agitation to the school authority who could have taken up the matter and resolved it appropriately.
Addressing the management of the institution at the Governor’s office in Ado-Ekiti, the Governor stated that the crisis might have resulted from a communication gap between the students and school management.
The Governor, however, condoled with the school management and the families of the two students who were killed.
In his remarks, FUOYE Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Fashina said the incident could have been avoided if the students had not regrouped after the initial demonstration in the morning.
“They shouldn’t have regrouped in the afternoon. It happened outside the University. I was still in the office working.
The Student Union leaders told the Commissioner of Police that they wanted to do a guided protest,” he said.
This news medium on September 16 reported that Governor Fayemi had called on the state Commissioner of Police, Amba Asuquo, to expose those behind the killing of two students of FUOYE during a protest.
NAN reports that Fayemi, who made the call in a broadcast, said a Judicial Panel of Inquiry would be constituted to probe the incident, as demanded by the student union bodies.
He said the state government would compensate families of the dead as well as foot the bills of those injured.
The governor also lauded the exoneration of his wife, Bisi, from the cause of the deaths.
He said it was wrong for anyone to terminate the lives of students holding a lawful protest over poor electricity supply to their campus.
We earlier reported how two students of the institution, Oluwaseyi Kehinde and Joseph Okonofua, were killed by police bullets during a protest last Tuesday.
Many other students were also injured when the students protested poor electricity supply in Oye and Ikole Ekiti.
The convoy of Bisi Fayemi, the wife of the Ekiti State governor, was also attacked during the protest.
The protest turned violent after a police officer attached to Mrs. Fayemi’s convoy slapped a student leader. Despite the fatalities, the police in Ekiti claimed its officers did not fire any shot.
Governor Fayemi in a statement said “I have directed the State Commissioner of Police to urgently commence an investigation into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate shooting incident with a view to identifying possible culprits within and outside the Force
“Taken together with the ongoing investigation by the University management, we will consider the need for an independent panel of inquiry, if necessary once these fact-finding investigations are concluded,” he said.
The governor said he had suggested to police authorities to explore the use of non-lethal rubber bullets in managing public protests, vowing that the Nigerian Governors Forum would take this up at the highest level.