Lagos Police Authorities Deploy Personnel To Foil UNILAG Students’ Planned Protest


police_unilagAs the students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) ponder on the format their planned protest scheduled for Tuesday would take, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has drafted its personnel to the campus of the university to maintain law and order.

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When SaharaReporters visited the school Monday, heavily-armed policemen were seen patrolling the campus, while about 10 police vans were stationed at the school gate.

Students, workers and visitors entering the university campus were subjected to stop-and-search operation by the police personnel.

SaharaReporters gathered that mobilization for the protest was done via the social networks late last week, as the students plan to bring to the notice of the Nigerian Government their support for the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and for the government to honour the agreement so that universities all over the country could resume for normal academic activities.

The students also plan to embark on the protest primarily at the university’s gate which would be reminiscent of the fuel subsidy protest of January 2012, held at the Gani FAwehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota, Lagos.

ASUU has been on strike since June 1, 2013 following the inability of the Nigerian Government to honour the agreement it signed with the union in 2009.

The UNILAG students are also agitating for the reinstatement of their Student Union Government (SUG) as well as the reversal on the hike in tuition at the Lagos State University (LASU).

When contacted on the planned action of the students, some officials of ASUU, UNILAG chapter who craved anonymity, said they were unaware, adding that it would not be in the best interest of the students to embark on the protest, taking into consideration the security presence at the school premises as well as the possibility of hoodlums hijacking the student’s action for their selfish reasons.

Also some students’ representatives claimed ignorance of the planned protest.

Meanwhile, as it could not be ascertained if it was the school authorities or the Lagos or federal government that invited the police, the UNILAG management has sent an SMS to all its students informing them of the cancellation of the protest.

According to the SMS via LagMobile on Monday, the UNILAG authorities said, “Our prepared security supporters now advise dat since many unhealthy students have also planned to join the possible protest on the ASUU Strike, no more protest to avoid causalities. FP”

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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