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FUOYE: ERC Calls for Immediate Probe

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A pressure group, the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) has condemned the cold-blooded murder of protesting students of the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE).

A pressure group, the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) has condemned the cold-blooded murder of protesting students of the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE).

Two students were shot dead by police officers attached to the wife of the Ekiti State governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi . Some others are reportedly injured.

In a statement jointly signed by the National Coordinator of the ERC, Hassan Taiwo Soweto  and   the National Mobilization officer, Wole Olubanji, the group described the development as barbaric and unacceptable.

It said although, Mrs. Fayemi has issued a statement denying her role in the murder, the ERC believes that the protest would not have turned bloody leading to loss of lives if a security official attached to her office had not assaulted the Students Union President when they encountered the protesting students during her tour of the area.

The pressure group therefore called for immediate probe of the incident by a panel composed of elected representatives of students unions, labour unions, community  associations and civil society to unravel the cause of the incident.

It said: “We insist that this cannot be treated just as another murder committed by highly placed person that is swept under the carpet. If found culpable by the probe panel, Erelu Bisi Fayemi and all accomplices must be prosecuted in accordance with the law. We also demand the stripping of Erelu Bisi Fayemi and all Governors Wives and the wife of the President of the unconstitutional office of First Lady and the use of paraphernalia of state power.

“The students were protesting the power outage that has shrouded the campus and its neighbouring communities. The blackout has subjected them to robbery attacks, including making them vulnerable to criminal elements, according to a press release by the Students’ Union.

“We support the students’ decision to embark on protest to demand regular electricity. In an underfunded university system, with poorly stocked libraries, students are left with their electronic devices to access learning materials. But even these devices won’t work without electricity. It is completely justified that they had protested the poor electricity supply to the community.” It added

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