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Protest sweeps LAUTECH over expulsion of 4 students, suspension of 8 others

Protest sweeps LAUTECH over expulsion of 4 students, suspension of 8 others

- The expulsion and suspension of some students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, triggered serious protest on Monday, July 30

- The widespread reaction was spearheaded by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), leading to the blocking of the school's gate

- However, the president of the students' union in the university, Abiodun Oluwaseun, condemned the protest, describing it as 'illogical'

There was massive protest by students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, on Monday, July 30, against the expulsion of four students and suspension of eight others by the institution's authority recently.

The protest, led by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), resulted to the blocking of the university’s gate by the students, Premium Times reports.

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Premium Times reported that some students allegedly attacked the school in June 2108, following the students’ union election.

It was also gathered that the expulsion and suspension of the 12 students, including Moshood Adeoti, the son of the former secretary to the state government of Osun state, for their alleged involvement in violence on campus.

Speaking with newsmen, Abiola Azeez, a student of the institution said that examinations, which were first disrupted by the protest, was later held massive security agents around.

Azeez said: “While fresh students and final year students went to their respective halls to sit for their exams, some members of NANS came with canes and planks to chase everyone out of the school, hurting some students in the process.

“After the tension was doused by security operatives, the final year students were called back to continue writing their exams. To avoid further problem, security personnel took over to protect students writing exam.”

Howvever, the protest was decried by Abiodun Oluwaseun, the university students union president, who tagged the NANS action “illogical”

Oluwaseun stated: “Today, comrades from NANS JCC and NAUS came to LAUTECH Campus to intervene with regards to the case of the LAUTECH 12. Their intervention in student crisis is always welcome because they are fellow comrades, but the method they employed today remains unacceptable.

“This is so because yesterday, the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof Adewale, Moronkola Teslim, the NANS JJC Chairman, Falola Hamed the Senate President, LSU executives and several other stakeholders deliberated for several hours on how to handle the issue of the LAUTECH 12.”

He, however, said they agreed that examinations would proceed undisturbed and all necessary steps would be taken to ensure the peaceful reinstatement of the 12.

The student union president said: “Without notifying me or any other union executives, they went on to shut the school down for several hours. After the school was reopened, they mobilised themselves and moved from hall to hall beating innocent students out of the hall, even tearing the clothes off the back of some.

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"The punishment of the LAUTECH 12 might be severe but holding 30,000 students to ransom is not the solution and such action will not stand in LAUTECH.”

Meanwhile, reported that students of Veritas University, Abuja, had cried out over the closure of the school by the management of the institution. gathered that the institution was said to have been shut down because students had protested unavailability of basic needs such as water, electricity, accommodation, security, among others.

A student of the institution said that despite paying 530,000 naira as school fees, 20 or more students occupy a room, adding that the hostels were very dirty and full of rats, bedbug and tons of mosquitoes.

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