By Paul Osas
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, University of Benin chapter and civil society organisations in Edo State have issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to set up a panel of inquiry to investigate the death of Prof. Festus Iyayi, or face unpleasant reactions from Nigerians.
They called for the trial of the Kogi State governor, Alhaji Idris Wada and others connected with the accident. ASUU blamed the government of the state for attempting to distort the facts about the accident.The union said it would at the appropriate time, alongside Iyayi’s family demand concrete answers from the Kogi State government for Iyayi’s murder.
The Kogi governor is however covered by immunity, so the ASUU demand will be hard to actualise.
Reacting to the accident that claimed Prof Iyayi’s life, the ASUU branch Chairman, Dr. Anthony Monye-Emina and Secretary, Okeri Henry, said: “Prof. Iyayi did not just die in an accident, but was willfully murdered by the state and its agents.
“Nigerians are aware of the recklessness of political office holders and their aides and in particular, of Alhaji Idris Wada on our roads and the arrogance that goes with it. It is time that Nigerians rise up to curb the menace and put a stop to the lawlessness, recklessness and impunity of our leaders.”
The organisations, made up of legal practitioners, students, labour unions and lecturers, made their position known over the weekend, at a symposium and street protest organised by the Africa Network for
Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, National Human Rights Commission and Citizens Wealth Platform to mark 2013 International Day to End Impunity.
Executive Director of ANEEJ, Rev. David Ugolor, said that a society not driven by justice was unacceptable, hence the need for the Federal Government to set up a panel of inquiry into the killing of the former ASUU president.