Nigerians on social media are expressing shock and outrage at viral videos showing how police officers were attacking protesting students of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), in Ekiti State on Tuesday.
WuzupNigeria reports that some students of the university, on Tuesday, staged a protest against the poor power supply in the community.
The protest, however, turned bloody leading to the death of two students while some also sustained injuries and are presently being treated at the Federal Medical Center, Ido-Ekiti.
Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Bisi Fayemi, who was on a tour of council areas in the state, was said to have escaped being attacked by the protesters who reportedly smashed the glasses of some vehicles in her convoy.
Students of the institution and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have been trading blame with Mrs. Fayemi, accusing her of ordering her security detail to open fire on the protesting students.
The Governor’s wife, on Wednesday, in a statement she personally signed, denied the students’ claims, saying her convoy had left the town before she heard reports that the students were attacked.
One of the victims of the attack, Dada Kehinde, a student of the university, was buried today, in Usi Ekiti.
Some videos of the attack emerged on Twitter on Thursday sparking outrage. In the viral videos, some armed policemen were seen chasing after the students and shooting directly at them.
Since the videos emerged on social media, some outraged Nigerians have been calling for a probe into the incident and justice for the victims of the attack.
Prominent among those who have been calling for justice for the victims is popular advocate against police brutality and convener of the #EndSARS movement, Segun Awosanya, popularly known as Sega.
“The family should reach out. This is not an act of God. The people involved must be brought to book. I would have advised that the coffin be left open so the world can see the crime committed by felons unfit for society ingratiating themselves to power. Justice will be served!”
In the words of a Sage, Murderous Impunity is what you get when an unconstituted authority roams around the state killing students and grandstanding as though above the law of the land. Winnie Mandela went down for less. This won’t go away. #EndImpunity #JusticeForFUOYE https://t.co/xzCAFGGPO4
— Revolutionary SEGA L’éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) September 12, 2019
See some of the reactions:
I still can’t believe some of you are bold enough to try justify the killing of innocent students by the Police officers attached to the First Lady of Ekiti state. If the media can be bought, at least I expect individuals to have some conscience. #JusticeForFUOYE
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) September 12, 2019
Often times we have been forsaken by the Government who sees the future of Nigerian students as jeopardy, claiming we are the futures of tmrw, but plans to take away our tmrw, leaving us with just the future. We want our future, we want our tomorrow Secured. #JusticeForFUOYE pic.twitter.com/3m8sMntAZ3
— Alexander Shedimovic (@A_Shedimovic) September 12, 2019
What is the hope for a better Nigeria, if the one meant to protect us are the one’s killing us.
— Mayor of oau (@hanjeeh13) September 12, 2019
They were not shooting to just scare us to leave or run away they were shooting to kill and they came to my hostel to threaten us to stay indoor or else we will die and nobody will ask them why……… pic.twitter.com/Tl102WSZCd
— Yoyofizzy (@yoyofizzy) September 12, 2019
Nigeria Police Force is supposed to protect the people but reverse is the case. Innocent students are their targets. The police officers must be brought to book.#JusticeForFuoye #Fuoye pic.twitter.com/6p51ZfrkbR
— Shinaayomi (@Awopejushina) September 12, 2019
Dada Kehinde been laid to rest by the Federation of Usi students Union members.
— Ibitola Babatope (@Sugarito3) September 12, 2019
This is an innocent student of FUOYE who shared online how much he loved the Nigeria Police Force and yet he was murdered by the people he loved 💔
— MIDE OSENI (@Ui_students) September 12, 2019
We have a voice and our voice must be heard and not silenced.
We ask for Justice
We don’t have gun but our voice and tears is all we have.
— #JusticeForFuoye (@IfeBolu01) September 12, 2019
After everything we are not even safe going back home to meet our parents
We are stopped at every police check point because we are Fuoye students this is very bad
We are labelled criminals cause of our own rights
— Miss Fuoye (@MFuoye) September 12, 2019
See police officers mobilizing themselves to hunt for students who are not armed
— S£β£D£ (@AshaoluGbengaJ1) September 12, 2019
I’m not a Student of FUOYE though but as a student seeing police killing fellow innocent students is saddening
— MIDE OSENI (@Ui_students) September 12, 2019