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Lagos Stand Still As LASU Students Block Ikeja Highway To Protest Hike In Tuition Fees

Students of the Lagos State University, Ojo on Tuesday barricaded the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway to protest the failure of the Lagos State Government to accede to their request for a reduction in their school fees.

The students, in their hundreds, barricaded the road at the Ikeja along the road Bus Stop, reducing traffic to a crawling point.

A journey of less than five minutes to Ikeja under the bridge from the Ikeja main road, took over one hour as the students refused free flow of traffic.

The students and the government have been at loggerheads over the increase in fees.

So also has the university’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities embarked on strike to protest the increase in fees.

The students also brought commercial activities at Oshodi Market to a stand still.

And the police clashed with the students while trying to break up the protest. In a telephone conversation, the student union president, Comrade Nurudeen Yusuf, said there were casualties.

“I can rightly tell you three female students have been injured by the live ammunition fired by the police,” he said.

As at the time of filing this report, the police were still all over Oshodi, while the students were re-converging on another street.

Teargas canister shot at the students by the police

The students said they had to stage the peaceful protest because the Lagos State Government has not been sincere with them.

A student who spoke to P.M.NEWS said the protest was peaceful until men of the Nigeria Police opened fire on them and injured three female students in the process.

“The government is not sincere. Why is it taking forever to reverse the fee hike? Why would the university management tell us to go on a recess? Why are ASUU-LASU demands not met? Why is SSANU on strike? We are tired of the strikes. Let the government bring down LASU fees now,” she asked while shedding tears as a result of the teargas fired by the police at the students.

According to the students’ union government, the students took to the streets again following the breakdown of negotiation between the students and Lagos State Government.

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