Fayemi Pays Hospital Bills of FUOYE Crisis Victims

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Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has paid the medical and funeral expenses of victims of the violent protest held at the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE).

The students had on September 10 taken over major streets in the town, protesting against the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) over blackout in the area.

The protest which began peacefully was said to have been hijacked by hoodlums, leading to the death of two undergraduates while many, including two policemen, were injured.

Chief Security Officer to the Governor, Ajayi Adeyanju, told journalists on Friday that other actions would be taken by Fayemi’s administration after receiving the outcome of the panels set up by the police and the university authorities to investigate the protest.

“The multiple investigations into the incident are aimed at identifying those responsible for the degeneration of the protest and ensure justice for the dead students,” he said.

“The report of the investigations is expected to be presented to the state government by the end of September.

“We have taken care of the bills of those receiving treatments and those already buried. We are looking at all sides and justice will be done to all sides in this matter.”

Fayemi had in his broadcast expressed government’s regrets and resolve to get to the bottom of the incident.

The governor expressed sadness at the incident, saying citizens have a right to protest but that the police should explore less fatal ways to manage citizens’ unrest.

The two students who lost their lives, Kehinde Dada and Joseph Okonofua, have been buried in Usi Ekiti and Edo State respectively.

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