Pandemonium broke out in Lagos State Government Secretariat, Alausa Ikeja, yesterday when members of the State University (LASU) staff unions stormed the secretariat in protest and attacked THISDAY Correspondent, Mr. Gboyega Akinsanmi for covering their protest against LASU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lateef Hussein.

The  incident happened when Akinsanmi was snapping photographs of the protesting members of the LASU unions which include Non-Academic Staff Union of University (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU) and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

It was the propmt intervention of the officers of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) led by the squad Commander, Akeem Odumosu that saved the  journalist from being beaten to a state of pulb.

However, in the process the victim had his middle left finger broken and sustained various injuries on his body.

He also had his shirt tore and were on the verge of stripping him naked when the Commander of the RRS intervened.

However, in a swift reaction to the assault, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Babatunde Fashola on Media Relations Mr. Hakeem Bello condemned the act which he described as “unnecessary”

He took Akinsanmi personally to the state house physician, Dr. Alesh who diagnosed the injuries sustained by the reporter.

Speaking shortly on his return from the hospital, Akinsanmi stated that it was the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of the University that actually directed his members to attack him.

His words: “I was trying to explain to them that I’m a journalist but they refused to listen.”

Sequel to the attack, crisis had engulf after the meeting of LASU Governing Board with the state Ministry of Education and the unions’ leadership.

It was learnt that the university’s Vice Chancellor was not allowed to leave the ministry, as the mobs waited with an intent to beat him up.

The meeting however, ended in deadlock, leaving the union members booing members of the governing board, including the chancellor, Chief Molade Okoya Thomas


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