UNILAG Orders Arrest of Protesting Students

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Acting on the orders of the Dean of Students Affairs of University of Lagos, UNILAG, Dr. Ademola Adeleke, the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, has arrested student activists who visited Akoka campus to negotiate on behalf of their rusticated colleagues.

The university earlier sent home students who had protested in 2015 against poor sanitation at student halls of residence, including a student that had already graduated last year and a blind undergraduate.

While on the way from the dean’s office where they had gone to express their grievance, the protesting students were ambushed by security men.

One of the students who escaped arrest told SaharaReporters that the dean must have anticipated the visit of the students and therefore had planned for their apprehension.

He said the dean refused to meet the students despite all entreaties because he had alerted the security men to arrest any protesting student. The dean’s action was a contradiction to the commitment he made earlier to intervene in the matter affecting the rusticated students, he said.

Those arrested include Adeyeye Olurunfemi, a 400-level student of the Department of Building, rusticated for publishing a Facebook post critical of the university authorities; Lawrence Success, a blind student as well as members of students’ Union from other campuses.

The arrested students have been transferred to “Panti” police station and are still being held at the police station at the time of filing this story.

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