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Family of slain ex-LASU student seek justice, release of body for burial

Family members of slain ex-student of Lagos State University (LASU), Mr Nurudeen Alowonle, popularly known as ‘Omomeewa’ has called on the state government and the management…

Family members of slain ex-student of Lagos State University (LASU), Mr Nurudeen Alowonle, popularly known as ‘Omomeewa’ has called on the state government and the management of LASU to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

They also demanded the quick release of the deceased’s body for burial according to Islamic rites.

Alowonle, 28, was attacked and killed by yet-to-be-identified assailants outside the university campus on August 18, 2021.

The incident took place a few hours after he faced a disciplinary panel of the university following an accusation of ‘admission racketeering’.

Ganiyat Bakare, an aunt to the deceased, said she is still in shock over the demise of her brother.

“We want his corpse released to enable us to give him a befitting burial this week. All we seek at this moment is justice, we clamour for justice. Alowonle was a great icon who wanted the best for Nigerian youth,” she said.

Another relative to the deceased, Temitope Shofunmade, expressed sadness, saying, the deceased’s life was claimed seven months after he got married.

“He got married this year January and was blessed with a son, now he is gone,” she sobbed.

Shofunmade described Alowonle as a very good man.

“When I went to the hospital to see him, I observed that the spot where he was shot had been stitched, why was it stitched since he was already dead?

“Where is the bullet that was shot at him and the bullet shot at Mr Waheed Majekodunmi, the LASU staff that was with the deceased when the incident occurred? At least they will stand as proof or evidence.

“Ultimately, we need to lay him to rest, he was a Muslim and it is against the Islamic rite to keep his corpse for too long. Government should carry out the autopsy on him as soon as possible and release his body to us. He has a baby and a wife who need to pay him the last respect,” she said.

The LASU Students’ Union had also asked the state government and the university management to fast-track the process of the autopsy on their late colleague.

The union also demanded that the perpetrators of the dastardly act be brought to book while security should be permanently beefed up around the school.

LASU management had said the university’s security department was working with security agencies to investigate the tragic incident with the aim of bringing the perpetrators to book.


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