Court remands UNILAG students in Kirikiri prison over protest

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  • TVC denies police claims

[Lagos]–The magistrate of a Special Offences Mobile Court in Oshodi , P. Nwaka has ordered that 13 students of the University of Lagos, be remanded at the Kirikiri Prison pending their bail application.

The students who were accused of unlawful invasion of Television Continental (TVC) include Femi Adeyeye, Toni Aina, Kodri Yaya, Asimi Oladimeji, Ismahim Olalekan, Segun Okesola, Abdulazeez Soneye, Idris Abogunloko, Muyiwa Olaniyi, Toheed Oladimeji, Joseph Akanni, Lukumon Olusegun, and Abiodun Agbeniyi.

It should be recalled that Mr. Femi Adeyeye is currently serving a four-semester rustication from Unilag over a Facebook post criticising the school’s management.

According to the police, the accused had engaged in a riotous invasion of TVC television station in Lagos, protesting the alleged rustication of one of their students.

The students also invaded the main campus of the University of Lagos, Akoka, and had disrupted normal activities in the institution.

The offences contravenes the provisions of section 168 (1) (d), and section 2 of the Criminal Law, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

However, the Television has since denied the police claim that it’s facilities were invaded by the students.

“The Management of Continental Broadcasting Service Limited (owners of TVC) refutes these stories and categorically states that TVC has no hand in the arrest of the students.

“TVC did not at any point report or lodge any complaint at the police station,” remarked Abisola Agbaje, the legal manager of TVC declared in a press release in Lagos.

The students who were arrested on Friday and arraigned on Saturday however pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The magistrate adjourned the case to April 6, for determination of their bail.

It was gathered that the students were protesting the rustication for two semesters of a visually-impaired student, Lawrence Success, for criticising the institution’s management.

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