Police Fire Tear Gas To Disperse Protesting LASU Students

Filed in LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY by on June 11, 2014 0 Comments

There was wild uproar at Alausa on Tuesday, as the Nigeria Police Force attach to the Lagos State governor’s office vehemently dispersed the protesting students of the Lagos State University (LASU).

The Nigeria Policemen, as gathered by schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine fired several canister of tear gas at the defenceless students.

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Liveschoolnews.com.ng grapevine also gathered that Journalists covering the protest were also not spared, as they Scampered in different direction with the embattle students for safety.

It would be recalled that, the protesting students, for the last two weeks, mounted peaceful protest at Governor Raji Fashola’s office over agitation for a reduction in their tuition fee increased by the state government.

Students of the university, who had vowed to continue with the protest peacefully at the governor’s office, stated that they would remain there until the fee is reduced to N46, 500.

Reports has it that the students, who stormed the State House of Assembly in two luxury buses, were denied access into the Assembly complex as the police on the orders of an unnamed Assistant Commissioner of Police and RRS Commander ordered his men to disperse the protesting students with force.

As at the time of filling this report, some of the students that sustained various forms of injuries were said to have been rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

This will be the second time in two weeks that police will use tear gas and fire into the air to disperse protesting students of the institution.
LASU had on April 24 submitted a proposal of N46, 500 for returning students and N65, 500 for fresh students as the new tuition fees. This is against the current charge by government of N197, 000 and N350, 000 respectively for medical students.

The proposal followed the directives of Fashola in a meeting with the students on March 31, to come up with a proposal of how much they can afford.

The ad-hoc committee constituted by the State Executive Council on review of LASU tuition, under the chairmanship of Commissioner for Transport, Kayode Opeifa, invited the students union for a meeting on May 27.

The committee, however, said quality education could not be sustained with the fees proposed by the students.

It would be recalled that Students of the Lagos State University, Ojo, on Tuesday, barricaded the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, to protest the failure of the Lagos State government to accede to their request for reduction in their school fees.

The students, in their hundreds, barricaded the road at the Ikeja, along the road bus stop, reducing traffic to a crawling point.

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