he National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has asked the
federal government to set up a panel to probe the killing of two
students of the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State by police
officers attached to Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, wife of Ekiti State Governor,
The police had opened fire on protesting students, killed two of them
as the students stopped the convoy of the first lady during a tour.
Reacting to the killing of their colleagues, NANS accused the first
lady and Governor Fayemi of denying the truth of the matter and
blaming the students for how the peaceful protest turned bloody.
NANS PRO, Comrade Adeyemi Azeez, said: “We, however, call on the
federal government to probe this killing of our students in Ekiti as
this can best be described as a ‘state-planned assassination’.
“Even when the rich oppress the poor in Nigeria, it is not done in the
open but the reverse was the case of Mrs. Fayemi who threw two
families into sorrow and gnashing of teeth without remorse.
“And against the expectation of mothers, Erelu as fondly called, could
still lie even when the lives of two promising young Nigerians were
“This pitiable situation which has been on between the rich and the
poor might graduate into a revolt of the poor in this country.
“Despite our respect for Governor Fayemi, his wife has successfully
turned our backs against each other as we would not toy with the life
of any of our students.”
The students also knocked the governor for keeping mute since the news
of the killings of the students broke.
Azeez stated that the governor who is well respected by the national
students’ body is losing their respect.
He said: “We know that God almighty is the biggest judge and will
dispense judgment as due to her.
“You and your husband have the state powers and as a result should be
able to restore normalcy to an uproar, that is why you were elected.
“Her husband, who used to be one of our well-respected elders in NANS,
is also gradually losing our respect as he has not said anything since
this crisis started instead he is busy fighting for security votes.
“If we have our way we would suggest that Ekiti state security vote be
removed since the governor has not been making judicious use of the
ones he has been collecting which is evident in his inability to
secure our students.”
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