Protesters Demand Reinstatement of Student Union Leaders at University of Lagos

Protesters under the umbrella of the Lagos State chapter of the Joint Campus Committee of the National Association of Nigerian Students and the Alliance of Nigerian Students against Neo-Liberal Attacks yesterday stormed the University of Lagos (Unilag) demanding the reinstatement of rusticated student union leaders at the university.

The protesters blocked the entrance to the institution for several hours on Monday, forcing the management of the university to lock the gates to prevent the protesters from gaining access to the premises with policemen stationed to maintain law and order.

Eleven student union leaders were rusticated and suspended after a protest against the poor supply of water and electricity last April.

Carrying placards with various inscriptions, the protesters, under the ‘Save UNILAG Coalition’, said it was unfair to rusticate the student union leaders for demanding an improvement in the welfare of students.

The Secretary of the coalition, Ayowole Sanyaolu, said, “We are not violent in our approach, but this is to expose the excesses of UniLag administrators to the public and see how 11 students were rusticated for protesting poor water and power supply on the campus. We will not relent until they are reinstated.”

The Deputy Registrar, Information Unit of the university, Mr. Oluwatoyin Adebule, said that the protest had no effect on academic activity on campus.

Adebule said, “This is to inform the general public that the University of Lagos students are not protesting. The gathering outside the university gate consists of rusticated students and allies. They had charged the university to court and the case has been struck out. Let me assure you that lectures are ongoing without any form of disruption.”

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