FUOYE murder: Lawyer sues IG, claims damages of N1 billion for families of shot students

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A human rights lawyer, Mr. Morakinyo Ogele, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, dragged to court over alleged shootings on two Federal University students, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), by police during a recent demonstration in the city.

The students, Kehinde Dada, a 100-year-old student of the Department of Agriculture and Horticulture, and Okonofua Joseph, a 300-level Biology education student, were hit by bullets that were allegedly fired by police and died.

The application was made under Order 11 Rule 1 of the Land Rights (Enforcement Procedure Rules) 2009.

Policemen attached to Ekiti State’s first wife, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, on September 10 during a demonstration organized by FUOYE students to voice their complaints about epileptic power supply, allegedly shot the students at the protested in a crisis because of the violent behavior of students attacking the First Lady convoy.

Mrs Fayemi was in Oye Ekiti for an empowerment program that coincided with the protest.

In the suit; The Nigeria Police Force (1st respondent), the Inspector General of Police (2nd), and the Police Commissioner, Commando of Ekiti (3rd).

In a case number HAD / A09RFRM / 2019 filed with the Ado Ekiti Court on October 30, 2019, the applicant requested the court to determine whether it is lawful for the officers of the respondents to allegedly serve the students on such killing a cruel way.

He also asked the court to determine “whether it is lawful to award the court damages against the respondents under the circumstances”.

In a written address of eight paragraphs annexed to the application, the applicant described the shooting “as a shortening of the rights of the deceased as set out in Article 33 of the 1999 Constitution, and that such action resulted in extrajudicial murder. amounts “.

Ogele requested a statement that the murder was a violation of the constitution, and also asked respondents to conduct a serious investigation within the Ekiti State Police order and identify the officers responsible for the murders.

“An order directing the police to prosecute the officers. Akso, which is being sought, is an order forcing respondents to pass a mandatory psychiatric test on their Nigerian security officers and ordering respondents to pay one billion naira (N1,000,000,000) must pay as damages to the families of the students.

“The families of the students must be compensated for having exercised their constitutional rights of protest only when they were killed by the respondents’ men,” he said.

However, FUOYE, which was closed due to the crisis, will reopen on November 11, 2019 for academic work.

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