Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has written to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, over the murder of a final year student of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Osun State.
He explained that the information that would be provided by the Police would assist him in mounting pressure on authorities in Osun State to do the needful.
In a statement by Taiwo Olawanle, the law firm said: “Our attention has been drawn to the brutal killing of one Okoli Ahize Chizoputam, a final year student of the OAU, Ile-Ife, Osun State at 3:30 pm on April 21, 2023. His body was later taken to the Accident and Emergency Unit of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife by some concerned students of the institution.
He lamented that “instead of reporting the alleged theft to the police the assailants took the law into their hands and resorted to jungle justice in a university community”.
“It was alleged the deceased stole a telephone. But instead of reporting the alleged theft to the police the assailants took the law into their hands and resorted to jungle justice in a university community. We have confirmed that some arrests were made in connection with the cold murder of Okoli Ahize Chizoputam.“
“In the light of the foregoing, we are compelled to request that you furnish us with information about the investigation of the suspects. The information will enable us to pressurise the relevant authorities in Osun State to prosecute the arrested suspects who carried out the barbaric act so as to serve as a deterrent to other perpetrators of jungle justice in the society.“
The legal practitioner also confirmed that some arrests were made in connection with the cold murder of the late student.