The Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, has called on the Federal Government to immediately constitute a panel of enquiry for last Friday’s killings at the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, FUOYE, Ekiti State, which led to the closure of the institution.
The group also called on the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, to ensure the immediate arrest and prosecution of the police officers allegedly responsible for the death of two students.
In a statement by Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Chairperson, TMG, following a meeting with the leadership of the Students Union of the institution and the National Association of Nigeria Students, NANS, the group condemned, among other things, the continued threat to democratic space, freedom of assembly and association, and the spate of extra-judicial killings in the country.
It also called for compensation for the families of the late students and the students who sustained injuries, as well as the immediate lift of the ban on the Students Union, arguing that history had shown that proscribing the union of students typically portends danger to the education system.
The statement, which gave a detailed account of the tragedy, read: “TMG condemns the unruly conduct of the police officers who triggered the chaos which resulted in the preventable deaths of two innocent students, Okonufa Joseph, a 300 Level student of Biology Education and Dada Kehinde, a 100 Level student of Crop Science and Horticulture. We, therefore, demand the immediate prosecution of the police officers and other members of the Police Counter-Terrorism Unit, CTU, involved in this unfortunate incident.