By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
Student Union Activists numbering about 20 were today arrested by the Nigerian Police who tortured, beat, and brutalized them as they met near Yaba College of Technology (Yaba Tech) in Lagos.
Blackface News gathered that the student leaders converged in Yaba after attending a court session at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi Lagos in case instituted by some students against their rustication by the management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
The Judge handling the matter, Justice Salihu Seidu adjourned the case to October 25thafter the defendant, the UNILAG management failed to show up in court.
An eye witnessed who does not want his name mentioned told Blackface News that the students were mercilessly beaten blue-black after which they were arrested and taken to Panti Headquarters.
Among those arrested included: the chairman of the Joint Action Committee (JCC) of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Lagos State, Samson Moses Adewale, NANS JCC Secretary-General Owolabi Oluseyi and others whose identity are yet to be verified as at the time of filing this report.
Blackface News learned that men of the Nigerian police arrested the student leaders during a meeting convey at YabaTech to brainstorm on their next line of action in their case against UNILAG authority.
In the meantime, a right group, the Education Rights’ Campaign (ERC) has condemned today’s attack on students leaders by the armed policemen in a message sent to an online publication, Sahara Reporters by the National Coordinator Hassan Taiwo.
“We strongly condemn this attack; it is unacceptable that the police would disrupt the peaceful gathering of students. These students were illegally rusticated by an intolerant management for leading fellow students in a protest in April to demand improved welfare conditions.
“We therefore call on the commissioner of police to immediately release those reportedly arrested and caution his men from being further used by a despotic University authority to clampdown on students of the University of Lagos.” Hassan said in his strongly worded press statement.
A relation of one of the arrested student leaders who spoke to Blackface News said the students were first detained at Sabo Police station before being moved to Panti Police Station.
Calls made by Blackface News to the telephone number of the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Bola Badmus for comment were not picked while text messages sent to his phone were not replied as at the time of filing this report.