Police disperse protesting ASUU members, use tear gas.

Police disperse protesting ASUU members, use tear gas.

The Nigerian Police Force used tear gas against the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Abuja branch, as they mobilise for their protest into the streets of the Federal Capital City, Abuja.

Eyewitnesses said that the lecturers had gathered at the mini-campus of the university at Gwagwalada for the protest when suddenly policemen and plain clothes security personnel took over the entire arena and prevented them from the embarking on the protest.

Dr. Clement Chup, zonal Chairman of ASUU, told the journalists that ASUU forwarded a written request to the Commissioner of Police at Gwagwalada to notify him of their intentions, but all the protesters were shocked when the policemen showed up and prevented them from entering the campus.

Read the press statement of ASUU rep below:

Commenting on the rally, the Divisional Police Officer, Gwagwalada, Mr. Tony Okon, said the presence of policemen at the campus, was to protect innocent citizens against hoodlums.

“Shooting of teargas was to prevent hoodlums from joining the protest so that they do not take advantage of the situation and cause any damage” the DPO said.

Source: Legit.ng

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