Aluta Continua: LASU students vow to continue protest over Hiked Tuition Fee



The Lagos State University Students’ Union (LASUSU) on Thursday said it would continue its protest over hike in fees until the state government reduced the amount.

The union President, Nurudeen Yusuf, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that peaceful protest was a citizen’s right as enshrined in the constitution.

Scores of #LASU students, had on Tuesday protested, carrying placards around Ikeja-Along Bus Stop through Computer Village to Oshodi over the fee hike.

The protest later turned violent in Bolade area of Oshodi when men of the Nigeria Police Force intercepted the students, firing tear gas and gun shots into the air to disperse the protesters.

Sixteen students were arrested and 10 hospitalised, while five vehicles belonging to the union were seized.

Eight of the students were on Wednesday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court charged with disturbance of public peace.

Yusuf condemned the attack by the policemen, adding that the action was unconstitutional and an abuse of power.

``We are students and Nigerian citizens and as enshrined in the 1999 constitution, we have freedom of expression and the right to protest," he said.

Yusuf urged Gov. Babatunde Fashola to meet the demand of the students and reduce the tuition fee, as they would not relent in their struggle.

LASUSU had on April 24 submitted a proposal of N46,500 for returning student and N65,500 for fresh students as the newtuition fees.

This is against the current charge of N197,000 and N350,000 respectively for medical students.


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