The management of the Lagos State University and a civil rights group, Education Rights Campaign, have differed over the narratives surrounding the gruesome murder of a student activist, Nurudeen Alowonle, popularly known as ‘Omomeewa’.
Omomeewa was killed along the Egbeda Igando Road a few hours after he appeared before a disciplinary panel set up by the university on Wednesday, August 18.
While the university authorities claimed that the 28-year-old activist and a staff member of the institution, Mr. Waheed Majekodunmi, were shot by robbers, ERC described the claim as hasty, demanding that a panel be set up to unravel the real motive behind the attack.
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The ERC, in a statement by its Deputy National Coordinator, Ogunjimi Isaac; and National Mobilisation Officer, Michael Lenin, demanded a probe into the activist’s death, noting that it was wrong for anybody to conclude that Omomeewa was killed by armed robbers.
The statement reads 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 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… We hereby demand immediate arrest and prosecution of Omomeewa’s killers.
“We also call for the setting up of 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.”
But the university in a statement on Friday by the Coordinator, Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations, Ademola Adekoya, said, “men of the underworld” killed Omomeewa.
In the statement titled, ‘Attack on former student, Nurudeen Alowonle and a staff: LASU management’s position,’ the university said Omoomewa left LASU campus after 8pm that day despite being released by the disciplinary panel he came to face at 2pm.
It reads in part, “The university management received with great shock report of an attack on a former student of the University, Mr. Nurudeen Alowonle, A.K.A Omomeewa, and a staff of the university, Mr. Waheed Majekodunmi, a senior assistant registrar, which led to the untimely death of the former.
“The incident took place in the evening of Wednesday, 18th August, 2021 outside the university campus, along the Egbeda Igando Road.
“…The duo were said to have hobnobbed at the University Senior Staff Club until past 8pm, after which they left together through the Iba Gate of the university for their destinations. Unable to get vehicles at the school junction as it was late in the day, the duo were said to have trekked several metres away from the gate, ostensibly in search of a vehicle.
“Unfortunately, they were attacked by men of the underworld, dispossessed of their valuables and shot.
“The staff – Mr. Majekodunmi – was lucky to have escaped with the gunshot wounds and eventually got helped by passersby to a nearby hospital; but sadly, Omomeewa did not survive the attack.
“At the moment, the university security department is working with security agencies to investigate the sad incident, with the aim of bringing the perpetrators to book.”