Court frees UNILAG 13, strikes out charges

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[Lagos]–The 13 students‎ of the University of Lagos, remanded at the Kiriki prison on Friday, March 31 have been released today.

The students who were arrested and arraigned last week for allegedly disrupting activities on Unilag campus and riotous activities within the TVC television premises were asked to be remanded at the Kiriki prison by Justice P. E. Nwaka pending the application of their bail due today.

‎The counsel to the students, Inibihehe Effiong, said the release was subject to Section 211 of the Nigerian constitution.

“The trumped up charges have been struck out and we salute the Lagos State Government for this,” he said.

Aina Tomi, one of the 14 students, disclosed that the students would institute a legal suit against the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni.

“We will institute legal action against the commissioner in the next couple of days”, he said.

It should be recalled that the management of the station has since denied the allegations, saying the students were peaceful in their conduct.

They were arrested on the university campus while protesting the suspension of a visually-impaired student and demanding the reinstatement of all suspended student activists.

Several groups including the National Association of Nigerian Students and Education Rights Campaign had since condemned the detention of the students‎.

The UNILAG authorities had earlier denounced the students saying some of them had been rusticated from the school while others were not students of the institution.




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