The OAU Massacre: 20 Years Remembrance Of “OAU Five” [All Students Should Read This]

The OAU Massacre: 20 Years Remembrance Of “OAU

Five” [All Students Should Read This]

The OAU Massacre: 20 Years Remembrance Of “OAU Five” [All Students Should Read This]

Each July 10, understudies of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State recollect their five association pioneers supposedly executed by cultists on the grounds in July 10, 1999.

Twenty (20) years after, the recollections of the killed understudies still wait in their partners’ hearts.

The Obafemi Awolowo University slaughter was a progression of shootings and murders which occurred against understudies of Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria on Saturday, July 10, 1999.

It brought about the passings of five individuals and left eleven others harmed, every one of whom were understudies of OAU.

George Akinyemi Iwilade, affectionately called Afrika, 21-year old 400-Level Law understudy, who was then the General Secretary of the Students’ Union Government (SUG), Eviano Ekeimu, 400-Level Medicine, Yemi Ajiteru, an additional year understudy, Babatunde Oke, 100-Level Philosophy, and Godfrey Ekpede, were slaughtered in Blocks 5 and 8 of Awolowo Hall on July 10, 1999.

It was executed by a composed passing squad of 40 individuals from the Black Ax Confraternity branch at the college.

They attacked the Awolowo Hall of the college at around 4:30 A.M., clad in dark pants and dark T-shirts, their appearances covered up by veils; they conveyed and utilized shotguns and axes against understudies.

Twenty years after, their blood has kept on watering the blossom of opportunity on the grounds.


The assault was completed in the early morning times of the pivotal day. The late George, it was accumulated, had come back to his room 273, Block 8 in Awolowo Hall after a function at Awo bistro around 4:15 am.

After thirty minutes, the attackers, driven by an understudy from another college, struck, utilizing cleaver to leave a profound cut on George’s head before shooting him in the brow.

The subsequent unfortunate casualty, Yemi, was sleeping when he was shot in the stomach. He passed on immediately. The executing of different exploited people was no less grisly as they were assaulted on various areas of the grounds before the aggressors fled.

The next day, the cultists were secured through the exertion of a source, a business driver, who drove them to an inn at Ile-Ife after the assault. The cultists admitted to the wrongdoing and guaranteed their support was an insider in the college.

The then Vice-Chancellor, Prof Wale Omole, was diminished of his arrangement after a suggestion by a board of enquiry headed by Prof Tunde Adeniran set up by the Federal Government.

On October 29, 2002, a state high court sitting in Iwo released the denounced in light of the fact that the examiner couldn’t demonstrate their culpability past sensible questions.

The understudies were apparently executed as a result of the counter cultism campaign they supported on grounds. Prior to their demise, the unfortunate casualties freely disfavored top nine individuals from the Black Ax confraternity in March 1999, who were captured at the college quarters.

The cultists’ associates from different grounds propelled an assault on the understudies on July 10, which agreed with the Kegites Day.

On July 20, the remaining parts of the killed understudies were buried at the college graveyard. A large number of grievers including teachers, guardians, writers, advertise ladies and understudies went to the burial service. A donor gave boxes for the internment.

As a sign of respect, the exploited people are recalled each July 10, and today makes it a long time since the violent activity occurred.

Prof. Roger Makanjuola states: “Tunde Oke was as yet alive however kicked the bucket on the surgical table. Four others, George Iwilade, Yemi Ajiteru, Efe Ekede and Eviano Ekelemu, were gotten dead. Eviano Ekelemu seeped to death from gunfire wounds to the crotch and thigh. The other three kicked the bucket from discharge wounds to the head.”

During the assault a few records express the Black Ax individuals were heard to be “yelling, “Inheritance, turn out!”” alluding to the suspended Students’ Union President, Lanre Adeleke.

Prof. Roger Makanjuola’s record expresses the equivalent and he likewise states: “Over the span of the episode, the assailants additionally yelled the names of “Afrika”, George Iwilade, and “Dexter”, the Chief of the Kegites, requesting that they turn out.”

Of the objectives of the slaughter, Lanre Adeleke (Legacy) figured out how to escape by hopping from a gallery in the wake of hearing the gunfire. “Dexter”, the Chief of the Kegites, likewise gotten away safe.

George Iwilade (Afrika), the Secretary-General of the Students’ Union and a Law understudy was not all that fortunate. After going into his room the Black Ax “shot him quickly in the head. At that point they crushed his head with their hatchet to ensure he was dead”.

It is accounted for George Iwilade (Afrika) was the main effectively killed unfortunate casualty. “Afrika, who was said to have completed the capture (identifying with the episode on Saturday, 7 March 1999), was brutally butchered while the other four were simply grievous unfortunate casualties”.

Kingsley, a previous Assistant General Secretary of the SUG, disclosed how Afrika went to classes as a Law understudy in local clothing types, disregarding the white and dark lawful uniform made necessary for Law understudies.

A previous understudy, Oluwaloseyi Babaeko, asked the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, to re-open the case to guarantee equity is done to the killed understudies.

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