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Nigeria: Comrade Omomeewa, student leader and socialist campaigner, killed by armed assailants

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Nigeria: Comrade Omomeewa, student leader and socialist campaigner, killed by armed assailants

Omomeewa

Omomeewa   (Click to enlarge)

Tragically, a leading member of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM - CWI in Nigeria), Nurudeen Alowonle, aka Omomeewa, was murdered leaving Lagos State University (LASU) late in the evening on 18 August.

The DSM "commiserates with and sends condolences to his wife, his four-month-old baby and entire family, wishing them the fortitude to bear this very painful loss."

Comrade Majekodunmi - a member of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, and staff adviser of the Education Rights Campaign (ERC), who was accompanying Omomeewa, also sustained gunshot injuries and is currently hospitalised.

Disciplinary

Comrade Omomeewa had been attending Lagos State University (LASU) Students Disciplinary Panel for the umpteenth time in a contrived case of racketeering, first brought in October 2019. This was in retribution for his role in students' struggles on the campus and particularly his solidarity with the campus workers' unions.

It is not yet clear why Omomeewa was attacked. However, along with being a DSM member, he was a frontline student leader in LASU, a former presidential candidate in the Students Union elections, and coordinator of the ERC Lagos State Chapter. He therefore would have had political enemies.

Following the murder, DSM members organised a protest at the university. In a statement (see socialistworld.net) the DSM has demanded "the immediate arrest and prosecution of Omomeewa's killers. We also call for the setting up of a probe panel democratically constituted by elected representatives of the students union, staff unions, trade unions, socialists, and civil society organisations. This body should unravel the real motive behind the attack".

Solidarity

In an act of solidarity, trade union members at the university have rallied to cover Omomeewa's funeral costs. Even the management-supporting Students Union has been prompted into calling a vigil for him.

A statement from the ERC said: "While mourning comrade Omomeewa, the ERC demands an end to the tyranny and victimisation of student and worker activists in tertiary institutions in Nigeria."

  • Messages of solidarity can be sent via the DSM: [email protected]

In this issue


What we think

Afghanistan disaster - Unite to fight for funding for refugees and local communities


Afghanistan

Afghanistan in crisis:

Afghanistan: The Taliban takeover - what are the lessons for the workers' movement internationally


News

NHS Pay

UK hospitals in danger of collapse

University of Leeds students bribed to stay away while staff are under attack

Exam results: grade gap widens


Lessons from Poplar 100 years on

Lessons from Poplar 100 years on


Workplace news

NEU: Oppose the pay freeze with action not just words

Care workers struggle for a pay rise and trade union recognition

Reject the Ministry of Justice pay offer

East Midlands rail strikes continue

Homelessness workers fight for better pay and conditions across sector

Woolwich ferry strikers - the action necessary to win

Liverpool university strike saves jobs


International

Nigeria: Comrade Omomeewa, student leader and socialist campaigner, killed by armed assailants

SNP-Green deal will not deliver for workers and youth

Reflections on the Lebanese tragedy one year on


Campaigns

Biggest in-person socialist event this year!

Ealing by-election: Labour council has not opposed Tory cuts

Why I rejoined the Socialist Party

Councils declared climate emergency - now act like it!

Wales: Gearing up for 9 October youth marches

Liverpool: Stop the arms fair!

Marching for Kashmir's liberation

Donate to stop Tories clawing back crumbs


Readers' opinion

Film Review: Martin Eden

TV review: Revolutionary Love


 

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