STUDENTS Union Government of Institute of Management and Technology, IMT, Enugu, and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), are demanding justice for Ejike Okeke, a Computer Science Student of IMT, who was allegedly killed by police stray bullet when protesters attempted to loot coronavirus palliatives in the state.
Ejike, from Akama Oghe, in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State, was dispensing fuel at Juhel Petrol Station at Nkpokiti where he works as an attendant in Enugu, when a trigger-happy cop cut him on the chest region, leading to his untimely death.
Deputy Coordinator of NANS, Zone B, Comrade Darlington Ugwuegbe, in a statement released, demanded that the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as Chief Security Officer of the state, produce and prosecute the security agent whose bullet killed their member in cold blood.
They also demanded “Even though no amount can bring back the dead, tangible pecuniary compensations should be availed to the family of the deceased which would include putting every sibling after him on a state scholarship.
That the security agencies are duly engaged to avoid a repeat of this ugly incident.”
The statement reads “The National Association of Nigerian students beckons on all students, especially IMT students to calm frayed nerves as the organisation will work assiduously to ensure that these demands are met.
We shall immediately constitute a committee that would pay the family a condolence visit, maintain constant touch and perform other duties as may be required by events to enable them to feel the love of Enugu state students. NANS sends her sympathy to the family of the deceased and to the IMT SUG, this loss is our loss and we shall stand by each other.”
IMT-SUG President, Comrade Ugochukwu Anichukwu, in a press statement described the deceased as a hardworking hero who would be missed so much, while calling for the immediate investigation, prosecution and dismissal of the police officer who allegedly pulled the trigger.
National Light gathered that police were shooting to dissipate hoodlums who gathered at the Queen of the Rosary College, Enugu, where the COVID-19 palliatives were alleged to be packed when the bullet cut the deceased who was discharging his duties diligently.