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OAU JULY-10-1999 MASSACRE (AFRIKA)

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OAU JULY-10-1999 MASSACRE (AFRIKA)

OAU JULY-10-1999 MASSACRE (AFRIKA)

True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice- Martin Luther King Jnr

The Obafemi Awolowo University massacre was a series of shootings and murders which took place against the students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state, Nigeria on Saturday, July 10, 1999. It resulted in the deaths of eight people and injuring of 11, all of them students of OAU. The attack was carried by an organized squad of 40 members of the Black Axe Confraternity who invaded the Obafemi Awolowo Hall of the university at 4:00- 4:30 a.m. clad in black trousers and shirts with their faces masked armed with axes, hatchets and shotguns List of victims Died George Akinyemi Iwilade, Afrika (Secretary-General of the Students' Union and founder of the AFRIKA FORWARD MOVEMENT (AFORM) shot and had his head smashed with an axe wielded by one of the Black Axe members. Babatunde Oke, Sabo (A 21-year old student activist and member of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), the Nigerian section of CWI) Eviano Ekelemu Efe Godspower Ekpede Yemi Ajiteru Injured Several people were injured directly and indirectly from the ensuing confusion and stampede. At 4:00 p.m., Lanre Adeleke (Legacy), the President of the Students' Union called for a congress of the Students' Union members in the Afrika Amphitheatre where he demanded for Vice-Chancellor Wale Omole's resignation due to his past interference and impeding of the Union's anti-cult activities. A 10,000 naira was placed for Omole's capture resulting in a student takeover of the entire campus and the kidnapping and ransoming of Omole's wife who was on her way to church the following Sunday, July 11th. Students also erected roadblocks at the university entrances, impounded vehicles and launched vigilante searches to flush out the killers. After raiding a local police station, a suspect named Frank Efosa Eghosa admitted that he heard Omole being referred to as the "patron" of the Black Axe Confraternity and he (Omole) had offered a large bounty for the deaths of the Students' Union leaders. By July 14th, the Nigerian Universities Commission, headed by Education minister Tunde Adeniran recalled Omole from his position as Vice-Chancellor and a multi-million naira investigation to uproot the confraternities was launched through the Nigerian University system; the Olusegun Obasanjo government on the 15th ordered police to patrol the university campus. The day before the funeral, Adeniran addressed a Students' Union rally on the matter of the reinstatement of expelled Union leaders. Furthermore, over 45,000 naira was raised by the Students' Union, 30,000 naira of which went to the organization of the funeral. Funeral Four of the "July 10 martyrs" were buried on July 20th, 1999 at the University cemetery. Around 20,000 people attended the funeral including students from various higher institutions, workers, lecturers, market women and journalists from all over Nigeria. A local woman donated the coffins used in burying the deceased students. The people who turned thereafter proceeded in a long convoy of buses and cars to Iwo, the hometown of George 'Yemi Iwilade (Afrika), the slain Students' Union Secretary-General and founder of the Afrika Forward Movement (AFORM), a socio-political organization promoting African culture and values. Afrika was laid to rest on the family's land in an emotional and befitting atmosphere. Two other injured victims later died in hospital and their funerals were held seperately. July 10th every year is marked by AFORM and OAU in rememberance of these martyrs.


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