UPDATE: Protesting LASU students vow to remain in front of Fashola’s office


“The police shot live bullets at us. The police manhandled us and arrested some of our colleagues.”

The hundreds of students who stormed the office of Babatunde Fashola, the Lagos State governor, in protest of the hike in their school fees say they “are not leaving anytime soon.”

The students’ protests over several days climaxed on Tuesday when armed police officers allegedly fired ‘lived bullets’ at them and arrested eight of the students.20140605_161028_resized

The arrested students were arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate Court on Wednesday and charged with a breach of public peace.

Nurudeen Yusuf, President of LASU’s Student Union Government, said that they chose protests because that is the only language the government understands.

“We are not ready to leave here anytime soon until we hear something from the government. We have gone to Lagos Island. We have gone Ojota. We were at Oshodi on Tuesday,” said Mr. Yusuf, a 400 level Law Student.

“The police shot live bullets at us. The police manhandled us and arrested some of our colleagues. That is why we decided to come here today and tell the governor what is on our minds,” Mr. Yusuf added.

The students, who arrived in chartered buses with cooking utensils, set up camp outside the governor’s office and began to cook a meal of beans.20140605_155622_resized

Mr. Yusuf said that they would remain there until their problems are resolved.

“We are not deterred. We will not stop until we hear something from the government. If the governor refuses to come out, we will remain here until he comes out. If the governor can respond to issues that are less important than this, he should come out and respond the students of the institution. The governor must come out and speak to us. We are ready to engage him,” Mr. Yusuf said.

“Our school is shut down. Everything has turned upside down. Students are dropping from the university on daily basis,” he continued.

“We decided not to engage the party leaders because the people in government do not understand any language. The only language they understand is protest. They have been promising that they will get back to us soon and very soon. Anything can be soon. So, we do not want to engage the leaders of the APC. .

“We have resolved to fight this struggle by ourselves. We are a pressure group. We are a pressure group in the country. We can do this alone. We do not want any person to fight for us,” he added.20140605_160913_resized

The students are protesting the increase in fees from an average of N25,000 to about N250,000.

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