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UPDATE 17: The protesting crowd is gradually disparsing as many students begin to make their way back to their hostels. A law student who addressed the protesters a short while ago suggested they protest daily till the president rescinds his decison and restore the school’s original name.
UPDATE 16: Banks within the UniLag (MAUL) Akoka campus have shot their gates for fear the protest might escalate.
UPDATE 15: Minor Accident! A security kiosk used by some students as platform collapsed under them. Fellow students cheered the collapse. No one was injured.
UPDATE 14: Some students protested up to Ikorodu road, while majority remained at the school gate. The students who protested to Ikorodu road are making their way back to school gate but the police have already occupied a section of the road back to the school gate. The police now between the two student groups.
UPDATE 13: Police officers now sandwiched by students. But they are keeping their cool so far. The protest is still progressing peacefully.
UPDATE 12: Police arrive the protest arena, in large numbers, but keeping a reasonable distance from the protesters. Students are not moved by their presence. No action from the police yet.
UPDATE 11: Stretch of road leading to the university gate from Yaba Junction now “occupied” by protesting students. “Occupy UniLag” logo goes viral in social media.
UPDATE 10: The arrested student was fighting with a member of the Nigerian Legion who is a guard on of the school’s hostels. University security said the guard was drunk and has been arrested too. The guard is handcuffed to a burglary proof.
UPDATE 9: The university security have arrested a protesting student. He is taken into custody. The security officials are ‘beating’ the arrested student in the custody room.
UPDATE 8: The protest has been peaceful so far. Apart from UniLag security officers, dressed in blue, the police is yet to arrive the protest arena. The school’s Chief Security Officer was spotted at the begining of the protest.
UPDATE 7: The protest at UniLag gate grows bigger as a detatchment of students who went to protest at the E-Centre Yaba retunrs to the gate protest arena with hundreds of Medical students, dressed in their lab suits, from Idiaraba.
UPDATE 6: Protesting University of Lagos students are on onward march towards Akoko area. Students from the College of Medicine Idiaraba just joined the protest. The medical students came in chnating “No MediMAU”
UPDATE 5: Faculty Association leaders are persuading fellow students to go back into the campus. The persuations seems inefective at the moment. Students are still gathered at the protest ground near the school’s entrance gate. Both students and lecturers are protesting the name change.
A lecturer told our reporter that some of them teach “for the name.”
UPDATE 4: “We have always doubted the intelligence of this government and this has confirmed it. This is sensless. Unilag was establish by an act of parliarment. We will go to court.” Says chairman ASUU Unilag, Oghenekaro Ogbinaka
UPDATE 3: Acting VC of University of Lagos in company of the school’s registrar are standing on a Danfo bus, begging students who have blocked the school’s entrance gate to go back to their hostels. They students respond “ese, ese o, ese o, e wa ma lo” meaning, Thank you, you can now leave.
UPDATE 2: Officials are begging students to go back to campus saying, “We are with you.” Students shouted “NO”.
The university’s Director of Student Affairs, Professor Olukayode Amund, is begging the students and calling for caution.
He told our reporter, “We were all taken aback. There was no due consultation and they said this is a democracy.”
A student, Bolanle Ajayi, said, “Change of name is the least of our problems. Besides, there is MAPOLY, already named after Abiola.
UPDATE 1: The students are now outside the university main gate creating a human blockade to all vehicles trying to access the school. They are chanting, “We no want.”
Vehicles are turning back as the students insist the acting vice chancellor must address them.
Reports reaching of us indicate that thousands of students of the University of Lagos are protesting the change of name of the school announced this morning by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The students are chanting anti-government slogans, saying the president’s decision is the worst he had ever taken. They vowed to resist the renaming of the institution.
The protesters are heading towards the school gate and are about pouring into the streets.
The school was renamed after the late businessman, politician and philanthropist, Moshood Abiola.