Protest rocks Ajayi Crowther University as NANS demand autopsy report on murdered student


The National Association of Nigerian Students, (NANS) and a Niger Delta group, Niger Delta Youth Leaders Front (NDYLF), have stormed Ajayi Crowther University, demanding the autopsy report of the slain Mechanical Engineering student, Jeffery Chamuke Akron.

Saga Gist reports that the deceased was allegedly beaten to death by his colleagues over an allegation of phone theft.

The incident happened in one of the hostels in the institution premises known as Shepherd Inn, where the deceased was beaten by his colleagues from 6pm on Friday to about 10am on Saturday.

However, the 25 students responsible for the murder, aged between 18 and 34, were on Wednesday arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court in Oyo State in connection with the murder.

The accused students have been remanded in prison until July 8 pending trial.

Reacting to the development, members of NANS and NDYLF besieged the institution in protest, demanding for autopsy report of the late student who incidentally was an Itsekiri Prince from Warri, Delta State.

NANS Universal President, Lucky Emonefe and President of Niger Delta Youth Leaders Front, Chukwutem Nwogor, who spoke with journalists, confirmed the visit to the institution.

They demanded for the real identities of the students involved in the murder, autopsy report conducted on the deceased and meeting with his immediate family by the management of the institution.

Nwogor dismissed the arraignment of the 25 suspects at the Magistrate Court in Oyo and accused the police and management of the institution of plotting to shield the real killers of the deceased.

He said: “On our visit to Ajayi Crowther yesterday (Wednesday), if you visit the hostel of the school, it is shameful to the National University Commission. What people are just interested in is money, not thinking about the safety of the people.

“I don’t see any reason why the proper facilities are not being put in place before you can approve such a school to have a hostel. Now that this unfortunate incident has happened, the school is running helter skelter to make sure that it fixes the hostel.

“It is also shameful that till this moment, not the Commissioner for Education for Oyo State has visited the scene, not even the Minister has visited or put a call to the family of the late student. What is the reason why you are in government? It is to protect lives and property.

“The killing of the innocent boy was barbaric. That hostel is inhabitable.”

Led by an uncle of the deceased, Prince Yemi Emiko, the elders visited the hostel where he was allegedly beaten to death and also had a meeting with the school management.

They also visited the morgue where the body of the deceased is being kept.

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