Prof. Festus Iyayi
Based on a report from PUNCH, the Academic Staff Union of Universities has asked for an autopsy to determine the actual cause of the death of its former president, Prof. Festus Iyayi. The union is said to be suspecting foul play in the death of Iyayi who died after his vehicle was involved in an accident with a vehicle in the convoy of the Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada (retd.), on November 12.
A statement by the Union yesterday states that “Prof. Festus Iyayi did not just die in an accident, but was wilfully murdered by the state and its agents. The statement, which was signed by the union’s chairman and secretary, Dr. Anthony Monye-Emina and Okeri Henry, respectively, said it was aware that there were deliberate steps by the state and its agents to distort facts of the accident as it happened.
It stated, “This started with the reckless and irresponsible press statement that was issued by the Kogi State Government to try to explain away the killing of Prof. Iyayi, and there are further attempts to conceal and distort available evidence. We shall of course meet them with the facts.”