The Wednesday’s killing of a student activist, Nurudeen Alawonle, aka Omomeewa has been blamed on the authorities of the deceased’s alma mater, Lagos State University, LASU.
Omomeewa was shot dead outside LASU campus while trekking to the bus stop to catch a cab by unknown gunmen.
The father-of-a-4-month-old-baby finished from the institution in 2020 but his certificate was withheld by the authorities based on alleged infractions which he was facing disciplinary panel for since 1999 till his sad end.
On the fateful day, the deceased was in the school campus on the invitation of the panel when his killer(s) ambushed him in the evening and shot him to death.
Subsequently, his killing was ascribed to armed robbers, a position, the Education Rights Campaign, ERC, rubbished in a statement by its Deputy National Coordinator, Ogunjimi Isaac; and National Mobilisation Officer, Michael Lenin.
Instead, ERC, blamed LASU authorities for Omomeewa’s killing and they demanded a probe into it.
The statement read in part: “it must be placed on record that he was brutally shot to death by yet to be identified men in front of the Lagos State University on the evening of Wednesday 18 August 2021 when he came to the campus on the invitation of LASU Students Disciplinary Panel to appear for the umpteenth time in a contrived case of admission to racketeering.
“The incident is being presented by the Police as a robbery gone wrong. However, we think it is too early to draw this conclusion. Comrade Omomeewa was shot while walking to take a bus home with Comrade Majekodunmi – a University’s worker and member of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, who is serving as a staff adviser of the Education Rights Campaign.
“We hereby demand immediate the arrest and prosecution of Omomeewa’s killers. We also call for the setting up a probe panel to unravel the real motive behind the attack including, if any, the suspected complicity of the Lagos State University administration – which had invited him to the campus to yet again answer to false charges at the Students Disciplinary Panel about a year after he had graduated from the University.”
Continued: “We hold that Comrade Omomeewa would not have met his untimely death if he had not been hounded by the management of the Lagos State University which has subjected him to varying levels of victimization over the past three years because of his principled opposition to the management’s anti-student and anti-worker policies.
“The University management under the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Fagbohun, had instituted the case against him in October 2019. This was in retribution for his role in students’ struggles on the campus and particularly his solidarity with the workers’ unions on the campus.
“He took permission from work to appear before the panel with his lawyer, Barrister Nurudeen Temilola Yusuf (Optimist) on Wednesday, August 18, and was asked to return in the next two weeks.
“The disciplinary panel had sat very perfunctorily, postponed sitings several times for no genuine reason, and refused to call key witnesses thereby unnecessarily dragging the case for over two years from 2019 till 2021.”