LASU students protest again, closes Badagry Expressway


lasu-riotThe crisis rocking Lagos State University (LASU) yesterday took a new dimension as students of the institution staged a protest and blocked the Badagry and Iba expressways.

The action of the students followed the expiration of a 48-hour ultimatum issued the state government and the institution’s management to resolve the issues in contention with the staff unions.

Public Relations Officer of the students union, Adebanjo Fatai revealed that the decision to take to the street was taken after a meeting yeterday morning.

The protest disrupted commercial activities around the area and the campus. It also caused gridlock, forcing commuters to disembark and continue their journeys on foot.

No fewer than 11 police vans and armoured personnel carrier, led by the Area Commander of Area E and the Ojo Divisional Police Officer were stationed at the Badagry Expressway gate of LASU to prevent the situation from degenerating.

The students’ protest, which started about 10.55am, was peaceful. But commuters and motorists were forced to wait in the long queue that stretched up to Agric Bus Stop towards Mile 11 and the Iyana Sasi end of Badagry.

The students, led by their President, Adeyemi Onikoro, used articulated trucks to block the Badagry Expressway. Not even the pleads of the area commander were heeded by the angry students.

Some of the protesting students turned the Badagry Expressway into a football pitch, while others chanted anti-Lagos State songs.

Onikoro said that the students wanted Governor Akinwunmi Amobode to intervene in the sudden postponement of the 2nd semester examinations by the management of the institution and seven-month-old crisis between the staff unions and the management.

The PRO of the students’ union, Fatai, however, said said the protest was a warning to Governor Ambode to address the issues in contention, saying: “We have written about seven letters to the governor on these issues without positive result.

“We are using this blockade to send a signal to Ambode. We cannot tell what will happen tomorrow, we will go back and re-strategize on the next line of action. The governor must attend to the demands. We used this protest to let people know what we are going through in LASU.’’

 


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