Some students of the University of Lagos (Unilag) on Wednesday staged a peaceful protest at the Lagos State House of Assembly over the alleged illegal detention and rustication of their colleagues by the Police and university authorities.
The protesters, who chanted different solidarity songs, carried placards with various inscriptions “Nigerian students say no to repression”, “Free our students today”, “We demand the removal of Fatai Owoseni”, Nigerian students says no to rustication of students leaders in Unilag” among others.
The Secretary of Save Unilag Coalition, Mr. Juwon Sonya-Olu, alleged that students’ leaders were beaten, arrested and remanded for protesting against the highhandedness of the school management.
Sanya Olu called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to intervene and ensure the release of the affected incarcerated students union members as well as reinstatement of the rusticated.
According to him, two of our colleagues were rusticated for no just cause, and some of our members, who went to TVC to hold a press conference on this injustice, were arrested and detained when they returned to school.
He requested the governor to break his silence and come to the aid of the students who are asking questions on inadequate hostels, accommodation fees and others.”
Speaking also at the protest, Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Lagos State Chapter, Comrade Moses Adewale affirmed their confidence in the governor as a man of character and should not be quiet at such time when Nigerians students are being oppressed and suppressed.
Meanwhile, in a statement submitted to the governor, Adewale traced the history of the crisis in the university to April 6, 2016.
According to him, it started when the students of the school, led by the students’ union leaders, staged a peaceful protest to decry alleged management’s nonchalant attitude towards living conditions on campus.
“Management Neo- colonialism of the University of Lagos Students Uunio (ULSU)- NANS JCC Lagos calls on Lagos State Government Intervention
“We want the welfare issues range from academic welfare, hostel welfare, scarcity and high cost of sachet water on campus and high cost of commodities on campus addressed.
“The students overtime have been forced to endure this many poor conditions including epileptic power supply with no apparent reason from the management.” They said.