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Protesting LASU students go wild

By Evelyn Usman
Protest by students of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, over the state government’s delay in resolving the institution’s internal problem, took a violent dimension yesterday, as unsuspecting motorists had their windscreen shattered.

Consequently, business activities in the ever busy area were brought to a halt, as traders hurriedly closed shops for fear of losing their wares to hoodlums who had hijacked the situation.

Several persons were  injured in the stampede that ensued, while vehicles hurriedly made U-turns to avoid being caught in the web.

However, attempt  to barricade the Badagry expressway, as was done on Monday, was foiled by armed mobile and conventional policemen who were joined with their military counterparts.  Some of them were subsequently arrested.

The students numbering over 200, apparently made do their threat to continue the protest yesterday, if government remains silent over their plight.

They had on Monday barricaded the Badagry expressway, at the Iyana-Oba and Okokomaiko ends, thereby preventing vehicles from plying the ever busy expressway, until the police succeeded in dispersing them.

Yesterday’s protest, as gathered, started at about 10 a.m. with the students  chanting “Hussein must go” and smashing windscreen of motorists who refused to stop.

Not even the presence of a Police patrol team drafted  to the scene could deter the students from carrying out their motive. They were said to have openly cautioned the policemen to stay clear, as they (students) were not out for them (Police).

Tear gas canisters, according to eye witnesses, were used to disperse the protesting students when it became apparent that the situation might get out of hand.

Confirming the arrest of some of the protesters, the Command’s Deputy Public Relations Officer, Mr Onyeisi Nwaola, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said they were arrested for the offence of disturbance of public peace, adding that the arrested persons had been taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba.

Normalcy, according to him, has returned to the area.


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