- Adekunle Ajasin University students in Ondo state allegedly attacked and stoned the convoy of government officials in protest over the recent tuition hike
- They called for the immediate reversal of the increment, and urged traditional rulers and community leaders to intervene on their behalf
- 46 suspects were arrested over the protest by the police, who stated that hoodlums had hijacked the exercise
Protesting students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA) Ondo state, allegedly attacked the convoy of government officials and security operatives in the state on Wednesday, April 11, Tribune reports.
The students, on their third day of protest over the recent school fees increment, blocked all roads leading to the state secretariat and Government House.
NAIJ.com gathers that the students prevented the convoy of a government official from passing through to the governor’s office. However, they were eventually dispersed by mobile policemen and operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) who used tear gas to remove them from the Government House gate.
In solidarity with the protesting students, traders at the Oja Oba market also closed their shops, grinding to a halt, socio-economic activities in Akure.
The students also converged on Ikare Akoko, and called for the immediate reversal of the hike, to save the state’s education. They urged traditional rulers and community leaders to intervene and call the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu to order.
The state police public relations officer, Femi Joseph, stated that the students had attacked and stoned some government officials; and that security agents had arrested 46 suspects. He said hoodlums had hijacked the protest.
According to Joseph, investigations showed that 36 of the arrested suspects were not students or parents of the students.
He stated: “If the students have reasons to protest, it is their constitutional rights If your government brings out any policy or decision that do not go down well with you, you can protest peacefully.
“But when you begin to cross the line of decency, embarking on the destruction of lives and properties, blocking the highways and embarking on a looting spree and damaging government properties and even wanting to invade the government house, we will not allow that.
“We have been appealing to the students to embrace dialogue since the beginning of this protest; but they allowed hoodlums to hijack this protest and we would not fold our arms and allow this to continue.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that Adekunle Ajasin University students on Monday, April 9, blocked roads in in Akungba Akoko to protest the sharp increase in school fees which was recently announced.
Students of the institution are expected to pay 500 per cent higher than previous fees. Ijanusi Olawale, the students union president said the protests would be held in various states such as Oyo, Osun, Lagos and many others
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