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Outrage as Nigerians react to videos of police shooting at protesting FUOYE students


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Nigerians on social media are expressing shock and outrage at viral videos showing how police officers were attacking protesting students of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), in Ekiti State on Tuesday.

WuzupNigeria reports that some students of the university, on Tuesday, staged a protest against the poor power supply in the community.

The protest, however, turned bloody leading to the death of two students while some also sustained injuries and are presently being treated at the Federal Medical Center, Ido-Ekiti.

Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Bisi Fayemi, who was on a tour of council areas in the state, was said to have escaped being attacked by the protesters who reportedly smashed the glasses of some vehicles in her convoy.

Students of the institution and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have been trading blame with Mrs. Fayemi, accusing her of ordering her security detail to open fire on the protesting students.

The Governor’s wife, on Wednesday, in a statement she personally signed, denied the students’ claims, saying her convoy had left the town before she heard reports that the students were attacked.

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One of the victims of the attack, Dada Kehinde, a student of the university, was buried today, in Usi Ekiti.

Some videos of the attack emerged on Twitter on Thursday sparking outrage. In the viral videos, some armed policemen were seen chasing after the students and shooting directly at them.

Since the videos emerged on social media, some outraged Nigerians have been calling for a probe into the incident and justice for the victims of the attack.

Prominent among those who have been calling for justice for the victims is popular advocate against police brutality and convener of the #EndSARS movement, Segun Awosanya, popularly known as Sega.

He tweeted:

“The family should reach out. This is not an act of God. The people involved must be brought to book. I would have advised that the coffin be left open so the world can see the crime committed by felons unfit for society ingratiating themselves to power. Justice will be served!”



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