Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has expressed deep sorrow over the killing of two students of the Federal University Oye Ekiti during a clash between the students of the institution and officers attached to the convoy of his wife Erelu Bisi.
Fayemi in a broadcast, said the incident called for sober reflection hence no one should hide under the ugly situation to destabilize the peace of the state.
The governor said though,
until the multiple investigations were completed, he is necessarily constrained from talking about the details of what transpired, he do not need to be constrained about the emotions such tragedy evokes.
According to him, any death is a tragedy. Any shooting arising from legitimate protests diminishes the fledgling democratic dispensation and calls to question his government’s commitment to fundamental human rights.
Fayemi explained that the right of citizens to protest on any issue relating to governmental actions or inactions was fundamental component of his good governance agenda hence his wife could not had under any circumstances direct such deadly force to be used on any of the citizens freely expressing their right to protest.
He promised to stand firmly with, and support the families of victims of the unrest while those persons with varying degrees of injuries would also be given support whilst their hospital expenses would be defrayed by government.
The governor noted that he had directed the State Commissioner of Police to urgently commence an investigation into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate shooting incident with a view to identifying possible culprits within and outside the Force.
He suggested the need for police authorities to explore the use of non-lethal rubber bullets in managing public protests adding that the Nigerian Governors Forum would take such suggestion up at the highest levels in government.
The governor said he had been talking to the Rural Electrification Agency about including FUOYE in the next round of their University Electrification Project.
Fayemi therefore appeal for calm and caution pending the reports of the various investigations.