A fresh graduate of computer science from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) in Ogun, simply identified as Oke, has been found dead — hours after he tweeted “Nigeria will not end me”.
Oke’s tweet had come amid the unrest in the country over protests against operatives of the now-disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS) and clamour for comprehensive reform of the police force.
Nigeria will not end me
— Oke (@O_Okee) October 21, 2020
But shortly after the tweet, Oke, who is also a graphic designer, was said to have been shot through the neck while sitting inside his compound at a yet-to-be-identified area in Lagos state on Wednesday.
The deceased was said to have completed his final exams in January and was waiting for the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its ongoing strike so as to complete his clearance in preparation for his service year before he breathed his last.
Checks on his page by TheCable Lifestyle showed he had been supporting the ongoing campaign against police brutality in the country.
“Man, I’ve never felt this oppressed in my life. I really thought we had a good shot this one time. #EndSARS,” he had written on Tuesday.
Man, I’ve never felt this oppressed in my life. I really thought we had a good shot this one time. #EndSARS
— Oke (@O_Okee) October 20, 2020
Several Nigerians have taken to Twitter to mourn Oke, while calling on relevant authorities to ensure his killers are brought to book.
Dede, a lady said to be the deceased’s girlfriend, also expressed sadness over the incident, adding that the development had shattered their dreams.
“We had forever to go Oke. What happened to our design dream. My baby didn’t deserve this. I lost my baby, I lost my best friend. Omg my boyfriend…” she wrote in a series of tweets.
We had forever to go Oke ?❤️? pic.twitter.com/PmU54PTM2g
— dede (@derinmama) October 21, 2020
Below are reactions from some Nigerians on Twitter:
I’m told he’s just graduated from university. He studied computer science. He took his Final Exams in January. He was waiting to do nysc once asuu strike ends and he can get his clearance done.
He’s dead today. He was never a thug. He was never a hoodlum.
Nigeria killed him.
— #OurFavEndSARSDoc ????? (@DrOlufunmilayo) October 21, 2020
He designed our blood donor app – the messages you get from us – he designed all these in like 4 days! He was a genius! He was also kinda shy. And so sweet. Oke Obi – Enadhuze!
— Temie Giwa-Tubosun (@temite) October 21, 2020
RIP OKE … they must pay
— Davido (@davido) October 21, 2020
If you are wondering why I’ve been retweeting Oke’s recent design tweets, it’s because I want you to realise he was not someone distant. He was your colleague, he was your neighbour. And today, he died.
— Rachel Lawson (@rachel_norfolk) October 21, 2020
— A Cup of Khafi ☕️?? #EndSARS (@KhafiKareem) October 21, 2020
Young graphic designer passes away hours after posting this. RIP Oke. ??? pic.twitter.com/Qss62ZlERz
— #EndSARS (@OloriSupergal) October 21, 2020
This is painful ?? rest in peace Oke ?️ May heaven show you the love you deserve hero https://t.co/SgehRezDN6
— Mercy Eke (@real_mercyeke) October 21, 2020
They shot him through the neck just hours after this tweet, killing him. We are so sorry, Oke ? https://t.co/XMYkO7dIw4
— akwaeke emezi (@azemezi) October 21, 2020
I congratulated him for getting hired by @Sterling_Bankng during lockdown.
I was looking forward to meeting him in the office.
Rest is Power Oke. pic.twitter.com/y7jFSAPh70
— Human Dodo | General Contractor #EndSARS (@marvinographer) October 21, 2020
I never imagine I would be writing this!! I’m so broken! Oke you didn’t deserve this! You were hardworking! Loving! Caring! A good boyfriend to @derinmama !! You were familyyyy! I still can’t believe this! God whyyy?? We prayed! We prayeddd!! I know you are in the perfect place! pic.twitter.com/YAdDrvROu2
— A tall glass of champagne? (@bisooye) October 21, 2020
No one deserves to find about the death of their loved one online.
No one deserves to be killed by a country they had faith in.
RIP Oke. Take heart Derin, May God give you and his family, the fortitude to bear this loss.
— Dr Chioma Nwakanma #EndSARS (@DrZobo) October 21, 2020
RIP Oke. You were the best friend. The best mentor. Thank you for being my friend. I’m blessed to have known you. I can’t believe this. I’m so heartbroken. I feel like a part of me is dead. You were always there for me man. I love you forever bro. pic.twitter.com/LlqssbZohR
— Atarah, the Figmama. (@Aderinsola_O) October 21, 2020
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