OOU Students Stage Massive Protest Over High Tuition (PHOTOS)

OOU Students Stage Massive Protest Over High Tuition (PHOTOS)

By Ephraim Adiele | Associate Editor on August 15, 2014
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File: Nigerian police on duty in Northern Nigeria

Reports say the Ogun state police command have applied the use of teargas  to disperse protesting students of Ogun State University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun state

The students, who were initially going about their protest with in a peaceful manner resorted to violence after teargas was deployed and started damaging public property.

The students, who had started protesting on Thursday, August 14, 2014 continued with the protest around 6:30 am on the morning of Friday, August 15, 2014, occupying the Presidential boulevard, which leads to the office of the governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

The students threatened not to allow the governor get through to his office when he passes through the route unless their demands were attended to.

The students say they want a further reduction of their school fees which was reduced earlier this week by governor Amosun, they added that they wanted the reduction to take effect immediately in contrast to the proposition of next session by the government.

Reports say more than 100 policemen were deployed to the scene of the protest to effect the dispersal of the students. The protesting students then hijacked a mass transit bus belonging to the Ogun state government before forcing a vehicle filled with soldiers to leave the scene, advising the soldiers to go and rescue the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram instead of disrupting their protest.

The protest ended up causing heavy traffic along the dual carriage road as road users had to look for alternative routes to get to their destinations. Also affected in the debacle were state civil servants who had to return home stemming from the total blockage of the road by the students.

The OOU students had started the protest on Thursday, August 14, 2014, camping at Rev. Kuti secondary school at the end of the day only to resume protests early on Friday, August 15, 2014.

Olusegun Ifade, president of the Students Union Government of the university who addressed his colleagues had earlier pledged to keep the protest peaceful and shy away from having altercations with security operatives

‘‘Let us conduct the protest in peaceful manner,but we have occupied this road for now until the governor attends to our demands. We are not leaving here,” he said.

On Thursday, August, 14, 2014, the OOU students engaged in a brief clash with students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic who came to show their allegiance to governor Amosun with reports claiming that security agents present turned a blind eye to the clash.

Ikemefuna Okoye, the Ogun state commissioner who later arrived the scene of the protest spoke to the students pleading with them to go about the protest in a peaceful manner.

 

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