Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Slain student: NANS gives police 72-hour ultimatum

The National Association of Nigerian Students has given the police authorities a 72-hour ultimatum to produce the policeman that killed Seyi Fasere, a 400 level student of Business Administration and Management Department of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti at Oye Divisional Police Station after a robbery incident.

NANS demanded this in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday at a press conference addressed by the Joint Campus Committee over the killing of Fasere.
The chairman of NANS, Ekiti chapter, Damilare Bewaji, who read a petition written to President Goodluck Jonathan, and copied the National Security Adviser and the Inspector General of Police, described it as “senseless and provocative.”
The student said if the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Sotonye Wakama, failed to produce the killer cop, identified as Akobi Esu (Devil’s first child), dismiss  and prosecute him for murder, he should be ready for  a war with the students in the state.
The petition read in part, “We demand that the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti State should within 72 hours produce the trigger happy and uncivilized police officer that opened fire on Seyi Fasere, dismiss him and pave the way for his prosecution.
“We demand that the National Headquarters of Nigeria Police Force should immediately set up a panel to investigate the remote and immediate cause of the death of Seyi Fasere.
 “We wish to state in clear terms that if the commissioner fails to produce the errant police officer, we shall stage a mass action and mobilised all students across the campuses to occupy the police headquarters until our demands are met.”
The Chairman, Transition Committee, Students’ Union of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Adeoye Aribasoye, also recommended psychiatric test for all policemen and women in the country.
Aribasoye alleged that the summary execution of Fasere made the psychiatric test for the nation’s policemen very imperative.
According to him, no sane person will pull a trigger to terminate the life of a person who has not been convicted by any court of law.
Aribasoye said, “Psychiatric test should be conducted on the men and women of the police force and even on those seeking to be recruited into the force so that arms will not be given to those who are not fit to carry them.”
The NANS chairman said it was unbelievable that a trained policeman could summarily execute a student who was running away from the shooting between the police and a gang of robbers.
The parents of the deceased had said that Fasere, with other passengers and the driver of a commercial bus, ran out of the vehicle and hid in the bush in order not to be cut down by flying bullets during a shoot out between the police and a gang of armed robbers.
They said Fasere was found by policemen where he was hiding and killed a day later after he had been tortured at the police station.

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