The students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, have taken to the streets to protest the death of one of their colleagues who was allegedly lynched on Monday night.
The deceased, a 500-level Civil Engineering student of the institution, was reportedly attacked by some unknown assailants, leading to his death.
The incident has sent shockwaves across the campus, with students demanding justice for their fallen colleague. On Wednesday morning, a large group of students made their way to the Students’ Union building and locked it up, preventing activities and movement in and out of the building.
The protesting students carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Justice for our colleague,” “Say no to jungle justice,” and “We demand answers from the authorities.” The students also restricted vehicular movement in and out of the campus, causing a gridlock on the surrounding roads.
The university management has released a statement condemning the incident and assuring the students that the perpetrators will be brought to justice. The statement reads in part, “We are deeply saddened by the untimely death of our student. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We assure you that we will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice.”
The authorities have also urged the students to remain calm and law-abiding, while they investigate the incident and bring the culprits to book. The security agencies have been placed on high alert, and measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of the students and staff of the university.
The death of the student has once again brought to the fore the issue of jungle justice in Nigeria, with many calling on the government to take decisive action to curb the menace. The students of Obafemi Awolowo University have vowed to continue their protest until justice is served and the perpetrators are brought to book.