Following the death of a 500-level student of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife who was Lynched to death for alleged phone theft, the National Association Of Nigerian Students’ (NANS) has demanded that justice should be served.

The incident was reported to have occurred on Monday at the Awolowo Hall of Residence of the institution.

The deceased is said to be  500 level student of the Department of Civil Engineering.

Speaking in a statement, the NANS National PRO, Giwa Yisa, the students’ body said that its preliminary investigation revealed that the death of the student was due to the mismanagement of the case that could have been best handled lawfully 

The statement reads in part, “We were also told that as against the information making the rounds, at no point was the Quick Response Squad of the University called upon to convey the deceased to the health center before he gave up the ghost.

NANs and OAU Management

“In fact, as a students’ body which frowns against criminality in every form of it, we maintain that it was very wrong to have called the security unit of the University to convey the deceased to the health center before he gave up the ghost, rather, the leadership of the Students’ Union should have, upon been handed over to by the security committee of Awolowo Hall where the theft was alleged to have taken place immediately take him to the health center for necessary treatment to be administered on him considering the injury he has suffered as a result of the beaten he got at Awolowo Hall. On his thigh is a very deep cut and what appears to be the use of an object to inscribe O on his thigh.

“While interacting the CP, Mr. Kehinde Longe who invited the OC Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation Department to also brief us on their efforts so far, we made our stance known that we shall not in anyway stand in the way of justice and that we shall collaborate and cooperate with the institution of the Police to ensure that everyone involved in the murder are brought to justice.

“Yes, the deed has been done but the only favor we can do to the memory of the dead is to ensure that justice is served appropriately in order to serve as deterrence for others.

“We have tasked the institution of the Police to ensure that those the deceased was handed over to at the Students’ Union Building be invited and interrogated too as it will assist in the cause of investigation. Keeping the students in custody for close to 8 hrs before he gave up the ghost despite the obvious fact that he needed medical attention as a result of the beating he has offered while at Awolowo Hall is in itself culpability considering the provisions of the Criminal Code which mandates one to prevent the commission of a crime so far it’s within one’s power. Right now, a crime has been committed!

“Once again, we state that we frown against every form of jungle justice, not even on our campuses. Mob means people and everyone involved in that shameful and criminal act must be identified and brought to justice. great Ife remains the bastion of vibrant and virile students’ unionism in Nigeria and the interests of the students must prevail,” NANS concluded.

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