Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has expressed sorrow over the death of two protesting FUOYE students, while also directing the police CP to investigate the killings.
Fayemi made this known in a recent state State wide Broadcast on the Violent Protest at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
A protest by students of the federal institution turned violent, after men of the police force attempted to use force to disperse the crowd.
This led to the death of two students of the institution who have been identified as Dada Oluwaseyifunmi Kenny and Joseph Icon.
The Governor in the state wide broadcast conveyed his deeply felt sorrow over the loss of two students and for those who suffered injuries. He also went on to reveal that he has directed the State Commissioner of Police to urgently commence an investigation into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate shooting incident.
“Having heard from all parties to the incident, it is pertinent that I now personally convey my deeply felt sorrow for the loss of two promising young lives and for those who suffered injuries.
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.”
The Governor also suggested the use of non-lethal rubber bullets to the Nigeria police force, noting that this would be helpful in managing public protests. Fayemi said:
I have suggested to our police authorities to explore the use of non-lethal rubber bullets in managing public protests and the Nigerian Governors Forum will take this up at the highest levels in government.”