Student activist assassinated moments after appearing before a probe panel

Yusuf Nurudeen, a student activist at the Lagos State University, (LASU) has been killed by gunmen suspected to be assassins in front of the university gate hours after appearing before the school’s disciplinary committee.

The university had accused the deceased student of alleged admission racketeering and unlawful possession of university documents and ordered the student to appear before a disciplinary committee. But it is alleged that the committee had been postponing the sitting for unknown reasons since January 2020 until he was killed on Wednesday, August 18.

According to reports, Nurudeen was shot in the company of a staff activist who had openly expressed his support for Nurudeen. The student died on the spot and his body was evacuated to the morgue, while the staff activist is said to be in a coma.

Before his alleged assassination, Nurudeen was a leader in the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) platform that campaigns for free education in Nigerian universities. He had described the probe as an attempt to frame him for being an outspoken opposition to the management of the school.

Nurudeen is said to have gotten married barely six months ago and is a father to a three-month-old child.