National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and the Education Right Campaign, both of LASU chapter are demanding an autopsy of Nurudeen Alowonle an ex-LASU activist, popularly called Omomeewa, who was killed by unknown gunmen around Egbeda Igando road in Lagos State on Wednesday last week.
National Association of Nigerian Students particularly, is asking the Lagos State government to immortalise the deceased for the various roles he played in kicking against oppressive government and ensuring the masses have right to affordable education.
The union is equally asking government for an all-inclusive investigation that would comprise some human right activists, civil society organisation and some of the university union. In addition, NANS said government should ensure provision of relief package for the deceased’s wife and his six-month-old son.
Similarly, the Education Rights Campaign Union has said that it was not satisfied with the university’s account that their former Lagos State University students’ union Presidential aspirant was killed by “robbery gone wrong” as presented by the police.
Until his death, Alowonle was the coordinator of the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) Lagos State Chapter and a member of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM).
Ever since the news of Alowonle’s death broke, the social media have been awash with series of controversial reports from all quarters, with many alleging the the complicity of the university in his death.
As at the time of writing the report, no particular suspect has been arrested by the law enforcement agency in connection to his death.
The union’s position was contained in a statement made available to UTI and signed by NANS Chairman, Lagos State Chapter, Olalere Samuel Owoseni aka Samgrin. The purported statement was titled: “Omomeewa’s assassination – how vice-chancellors, rectors, provosts and lecturers’ common practice of political and academic witch-hunting of student activists murdered a shining light; NANS Lagos blows hot and makes demands from Governor Sanwo-Olu”.
Owoseni said the association is demanding full investigation into the death of their former colleague, who was allegedly killed in company of a Senior Assistant Registrar Waheed Majekodunmi simply identified as Majek.
Owoseni, who recalled their encounter with officials of the morgue at Mainland Hospital, Yaba and what they passed through over the weekend, is threatening to mobilise over four million students for protest, if the governor failed to meet their requests.
The statement reads in part: “NANS Lagos Chapter with an estimated population of over 4.1million students hereby unequivocally demand that Lagos State government in the next three days, as a matter of urgency, do the following without any diminishing qualification:
“His Excellency, the governor of Lagos State must make a public statement on the tragic demise of Comrade Omomewa and also ensure that an autopsy is done within the shortest possible time in order to respect the wishes of the family who wants to bury their son.
“His Excellency, the governor of Lagos State must set up a panel of inquiry made up of representatives of NANS, LASUSU, ASUU, SSANU, NLC Lagos, ERC, JAF and other pro-working people organisations to investigate the circumstances surrounding Omomeewa’s death including the complicity of the management of the Lagos State University.
“His Excellency, the governor of Lagos state shall ensure the posthumous release of Omomeewa’s certificate from LASU and consequently design an honest laudable relief package for his wife and three months old son.
“His Excellency, the governor of Lagos State shall give Comrade Omomeewa a state befitting burial ceremony and find a way to immortalise him.
“Security of all tertiary institution’s campuses across Lagos must be given special consideration.”
“The ultimatum ends by 4 pm on Wednesday 25th, 2021, and we would not hesitate to do the needful within our Democratic rights to make our demands met. ‘When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty’,” the statement added.
In its submission, ERC Chairman Lagos State chapter Badmus Uthman popularly called Badecious, urged the government to fastrack the said autopsy so as to release the body for burial in time since the deceased was a Muslim.
Like NANS, ERC made five additional demands to the management of LASU. The demands are that:
“The perpetrators of this act should be brought to book.
“Security men of the Nigerian police and armed forces should be permanently deployed to all the gates that lead to Lagos State University (LASU) and to strategic places which are red zones.
“Led light should be installed round the school fence facing outside the campus.
“The street lights on campus that are not functioning should be restored and 24/7 electricity be provided.
“The Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement between the state government and private property developers made on Friday, 25th day of December 2019 to provide 8,272 hostel units within 18 months on LASU campus be fast-tracked.”