In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 10th, July, 2020

21 Years After Homicide Of 5 OAU College students, Survivors, Households Await Justice

21 Years After Murder Of Five OAU Students, Survivors, Families Await Justice

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At present makes it 21 years after the bloody cult assault during which 5 college students have been murdered at Obafemi Awolowo College (OAU), Ile Ife.

It was Saturday, July 10, 1999, and the scholars killed included a 21-year-old 400-Stage legislation pupil and the then Secretary-Basic of the College students Union, George Iwilade, popularly known as Afrika.

Others killed have been Eviano Ekeimu, 400-Stage Drugs; Yemi Ajiteru, an additional yr pupil; Babatunde Oke, 100-Stage Philosophy, and Godfrey Ekpede.

Based on a survivor of the assault, Lanre Adeleke (Legacy), who was the then college students’ union president, the then vice-chancellor, Wale Omole, was the sponsor of the lethal assault.

He advised PREMIUM TIMES that his colleagues have been killed in Blocks 5 and eight of Awolowo Corridor of the college, allegedly by members of Black Axe Confraternity. 

Whereas Mr Omole was accused of involvement within the assault, he has repeatedly denied the allegations and likewise stated he was not discovered wanting by a panel of enquiry arrange by the federal authorities by means of the Ministry of Training, then headed by Tunde Adeniran, a professor.

Mr Adeleke advised PREMIUM TIMES the assault was carried out in 1999 with the intention to kill union leaders preventing in opposition to irregularities after Mr Iwilade had led college students to a parade of 9 members of the Black Axe Confraternity 4 months earlier.

He advised our correspondent that he escaped being killed by leaping from the third flooring of Block eight of the Awolowo Corridor the place his room was.

Whereas arrests have been made thereafter, he’s saddened that Nigeria’s corrupt judicial system allowed suspects to flee justice.

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In an earlier report by PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Adeleke stated: “We began the arrest from the day it occurred. We went after a few of them that we had their names. We have been in a position to decide about 33 of them out of about 48, they have been arraigned and we pursued the case in courts for good three and half years. For 3 and half years, I used to be virtually doing nothing. We go to court docket nearly daily to ensure justice prevailed.”

The matter was first dealt with by Justice Okoi Itam-led Judicial Fee of Inquiry, which rebuked Mr Omole’s administration earlier than the matter was left for the court docket to determine.

“We have been at all times in court docket as a result of we needed justice. Sadly, there have been inside points in Osun State then, which was a part of the the reason why justice was not carried out. That was the true set again we had after three and a half years as a result of issues of the judicial system itself,” Mr Adeleke advised PREMIUM TIMES.

“Regardless of the actual fact (that) the judicial enquiry beneath the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo requested that the VC be tried, no authorities has made effort. No authorities has the morals.

“Even the bursar at that panel of enquiry confirmed to us what one of many cultists stated; that they got over N300,000 two days earlier than the incident to purchase ammunition for safety causes. It was established. The cash was given to them on July eight by means of one Kazeem Bello who was not even a pupil of Ife however a pupil of UNILAG. They arrested Kazeem then, and he made (a) confession.

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“Regardless of proof of identification by a witness who claimed to have seen Mr Idahosa, one of many suspects, with arms on the morning of the homicide, and the confession of Kazeem Bello, the court docket held that he had no case to reply.”

Sustaining his demand for justice, Mr Adeleke, who’s invited yearly to present his account of the incident, insists that: “A felony case just isn’t one thing that ends like that. It has a protracted life. Even when we overlook about people who have been illegally discharged, what about others? I knew lots of them ran away instantly after the assault however that’s not the problem.

“The problem of justice just isn’t about arresting all people. Even whether it is few and even one and even Professor Wale Omole, individuals can have this sense of reduction. The victory lies in how a lot we’re ready to ensure cultism do(es) not rise by bringing these individuals to e book.”

In our earlier publication two years in the past, Mr Omole didn’t return calls or reply to textual content messages despatched. In the meantime, in a phone interview on Friday, he stated: “the matter is gone and I don’t wish to discuss it. Even my kids have advised me to not handle the press on this once more. Individuals convey this allegation I do know nothing about yearly”, he concluded as he refused additional remark.

Tayo Iwilade, a graduate of OAU, additionally speaks in regards to the homicide of his brother and others.

Mr Iwilade, presently a lawyer and rights activist, stated the household monitored the felony trial of three of the suspects, which resulted in “circumstances we contemplate unusual thus far.”

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For him, he questioned whether or not the investigative arm of the felony justice system has delivered properly on its obligation in the direction of the seek for justice.

In the meantime, 21 years after the assault, the fixed clampdown on unionism has raised considerations over the safety state of affairs on campus. College students on a number of events have accused their colleagues’ exhibit tendencies much like these of cultists.

This newspaper additionally reported how the establishment suspended six college students for involvement in cultism final yr.

For the authority, the college’s chief safety officer, Babatunde Oyatokun, stated the college would hold working to keep up its popularity for a peaceable campus and nil tolerance for cultism.

The college spokesperson, Abiodun Olanrewaju, didn’t reply to enquiries as to when the scholar Union ban could be lifted.

Present college students of the college will likely be holding a digital convention right this moment to debate the previous, current and future of scholars’ unionism amidst cult assaults throughout Nigeria.

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Supply: SaharaReporters

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