What just happened at the Federal University, Oye-Ekitk (FUOYE)?
It was reported that the students were peacefully protesting against the poor power supply in the school environment. According to the report, it was a peaceful protest aimed at expressing their grievances, only to be stopped by the oncoming vehicles of the governor’s wife, Her Excellency, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, the wife of Gov. Kayode Fayemi, who was in town for an empowerment programme.
As reported, the police fired shots at the students in an attempt to clear the road for the governor’s wife but ended up killing two students.
However, the police have quickly moved to deny the claims and rubbished the news that said two students were killed. Instead, the police accused the students of taking laws into their hands by trying to vandalize the vehicles that accompanied Her Excellency, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi.
Mr. Ikechukwu, a deputy superintendent of police, even claimed that a weapon was recovered from the protesting students.
The students were accused of blocking the road, which the police officers at the scene removed the blockade and dispersed the students peacefully. But the protecting students came back in masses to challenge Her Excellency.
Who do we believe in this scenario?
The students have reported that they lost two of their students in this ugly mayhem, while the police have denied and claimed the students were trying to cause panic and disrupt the peace in the state.
I hope our President, General Muhammadu Buhari, and the president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), will look into this matter and punish the parties involved. Considering that we are still healing from the xenophobic attack on our brothers and sisters in South Africa, students-and-police brouhaha is not something we want at this present moment.
We are tired of hearing unpleasant news in our country. The country is in a trying moment, enough of all this news about killings and shedding of blood. When are we ever going to be free from this?
We don’t want it anymore!