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NANS wants students responsible for OAU finalist’s death prosecuted



The National Association of Nigerian Students has called for the prosecution of students allegedly involved in the death of a 500-level student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Okoli Ahinze, who was reportedly mobbed to death for alleged theft.

The students’ body stressed that those involved in the mob action should be identified and brought to justice.

Ahinze was mobbed to death for alleged phone theft.

PUNCH had earlier reported that the deceased was beaten by the mob inside the Awolowo Hall and was said to have been rushed to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Ile-Ife after complications.

It was gathered that the student was alleged to have stolen a mobile phone at Awo Hall.

Reacting, the student’s body in a statement signed by its national Public Relations Officer, Giwa Yisa Temitope, frowned against the jungle justice reportedly meted on the deceased by the mob.

Temitope, while describing the action as shameful, stressed that the body will not relent until justice is served.

The statement read in part, “During our interaction with the Dean, Division of Students’ Affairs and the CSO of the institution, we got to understand that the death was a result of mismanagement of a case that could have been best handled in the most lawful means.

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

“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 centre 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 centre 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 with 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 any way 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 is brought to justice.”

Temitope further noted, “The deed has been done but the only favour 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 student in custody for close to eight hours before he gave up the ghost despite the obvious fact that he needed medical attention as a result of the beating he was 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.”

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