The Management of the Lagos State University, LASU, has reacted to the killing of a former student of the institution, Mr Nurudeen Alowonle, popularly called ‘Omomeewa.’
The university, in a statement signed by the Coordinator, Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations, CIPPR, Mr Ademola Adekoya, on Friday, said though the deceased was on campus on the day of the incident, he was promptly attended to.
“The university management received with great shock, report of an attack on a former student of the University, Mr. Nurudeen Alowonle, A.K.A Omomeewa, and a staff of the University, Mr. Waheed Majekodunmi, a Senior Assistant Registrar, which led to the untimely death of the former. The incident took place in the evening of Wednesday 18th August, 2021 outside the University campus, along the Egbeda Igando Road.
“The University Management is deeply saddened by the incident and expresses heartfelt condolences to the immediate and extended families of the deceased, his colleagues and friends, and the entire students body of the University.
“Also regrettably, since the sad incident, the social media had been awashed with several accounts, many of which are inaccurate and misleading, of circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident. We had refrained from making a hurried statement until now in order to ascertain the facts considering the very sensitive nature of the incident.
“However, with the benefit of investigations carried out so far, we hereby state the true position as follows:
“Mr. Nurudeen Alowonle, a.k.a Omomeewa was a former student of the University, but was yet to receive his certificate due to an ongoing disciplinary case that he was facing in the university. The panel presiding over his case began sitting in 2019.
“The case continued until 2020 but the panel could not sit due to the Covid-19 pandemic-enforced lockdown, which took the larger part of the year. He was however invited by the panel, alongside several other students who had ongoing disciplinary cases, on Wednesday to defend himself.
“Omomeewa appeared before the panel that same day as scheduled. He was in fact, the first student attended to by the panel, and his case was concluded before 2pm.
“Since leaving the panel before 2pm, Omomeewa ostensibly remained on the university campus until late in the evening during which time he met up with Mr. Waheed Majekodunmi.
“The duo were said to have hobnobbed at the University Senior Staff Club until past 8pm in the evening after which they left together through the Iba Gate of the University for their destinations.
“Unable to get vehicles at the School junction as it was late in the day, the duo were said to have trekked several metres away from the gate ostensibly in search of a vehicle. Unfortunately, they were attacked by men of the underworld, dispossessed of their valuables and shot.
“The Staff- Mr. Majekodunmi- was lucky to have escaped with the gunshot wounds and eventually got helped by passersby to a nearby hospital, but sadly, Omomeewa did not survive the attack.
“His body has was said to have been deposited in a mortuary in Lagos, while the injured staff is currently receiving treatment at the University Health Centre and responding well to treatment.
“At the moment, the university security department is working with the Security Agencies to investigate the sad incident with the aim of bringing the perpetrators to book.
“While again commiserating with all concerned, the University Management commends the Students’ Union, led by Com. Uthman Badmus, and the entire students of the University for their maturity and restraint since the sad incident, and assures them that all issues surrounding the incident will be addressed,” the statement read.