UNILAG: Management disowns imprisoned students

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[Lagos]–The management of the University of Lagos through its Deputy Registrar, Information Unit, Toyin Adebule has disowned the 13 students who are currently in prison custody over an alleged “riotous invasion” of the university campus and a television station.

In a statement made on Tuesday, April 4, Adebule said the detained people comprised of students rusticated by the institution and others from a school in Ogun State.

“University of Lagos hereby states that the 13 students remanded by the court as reported by different newspaper tabloids and electronic publications are not students of the institution.

“Let us emphasise here that the rusticated students are requested to apply for re-admission after serving their punishment. Until re-absorption, they are not considered bona fide students of the university.”

The statement came just as Nigeria’s umbrella student body, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), issued a 24-hour ultimatum for the release of the students.

The police had charged the students before a Special Offences Mobile Court for “riotous invasion.”

They were charged before P.E. Nwaka, a chief magistrate, for two counts of unlawful invasion and disruption of activities.

The students who however pleaded not guilty to the charges were ordered to be remanded in prison till April 6 when their bail application would be determined.

Contrary to the allegation of he police, TVC, the television station the police claimed the students invaded, had on Sunday, said they were at their premises and conducted themselves peacefully.

As reported earlier, the students were protesting the rustication of a visually-impaired student, Lawrence Success, who was rusticated for two semesters for criticising the university management.

The police arrested the students on Friday, March 31, and arraigned them before a mobile court on Saturday.




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