BY GBENGA ARIYIBI
ADO EKITI— The family of Seyi Fasere, a student of Ekiti State University who was killed in Oye Ekiti by yet to be identified persons has demanded the setting up of a coroner inquest to unveil the circumstances behind the demise of their son.
In a letter dated July 30, 2013 emanating from the chamber of Philip Olu Ojo and Associates and signed by Mr Durodola Olabode, the family issued a 30-day ultimatum to the Chairman of Oye LocalGovernment Area to institute the coroner or face legal action.
The family frowned at the circumstances leading to the death of Fasere and how he was tagged as an armed robber.
In the letter copied to Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Wale Fapohunda, said the council would be sued in accordance with the Ekiti State Coroner’s Law if it fails to act accordingly.
The deceased who was a final year student of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti was allegedly killed by the police in Oye Ekiti on February 28, 2013 during a gun duel between the cops and some robbers, who had earlier raided a new generation bank in the area.
The family stated that the deceased student was at home to collect his school fees that would enable him write his semester examination when he met his untimely death while returning to school in Ado Ekiti.
“Take notice that if your office will fail, neglect, refuse and or ignore to perform this statutory responsibility thrust on your local government within 30 clear days of your receipt of this letter, our clients will use all legal powers within their reach to enforce the extant laws as duly passed by the Ekiti State House of Assembly,” the statement said.
The family however decided to demand for the true cause of Seyi’s death to remove the doubt in some quarters that he was a member of the armed robbery-gang that robbed the bank on the said day.
It clarified that for Police to have paraded the deceased’s corpse around town on the premise that he was an armed robber despite denial from his parents, Mr and Mrs Joseph Fasere , automatically called for a Coroner to assuage the bereaved parents and clear Seyi’s name of complicity in the robbery.
The letter praised Governor Kayode Fayemi’s zero tolerance to extra-judicial killing , urging him to act in dispatch on this matter to forestall future occurrence.
It said a Police officer attached to Oye Ekiti Divisional Police Station , had during the killing told Seyi’s parents that their son was an armed robber, which the parents had vehemently denied .