UPDATE 2: Funmi, a student of English, is the protester who fainted. We just visited the medical centre and spoke with her. She’s now okay. No student was killed as being reported on social media.
UPDATE 1: Anti-riot police fires teargas at protesting UNILAG students in front of the university’s main gate. A female student reportedly collapsed and was rushed to the university medical centre.
Read our earlier post below.
Varsity to the locked down today as crisis deepens
The University of Lagos is to be locked down today following the decision of a section of the students to continue with street protests over the renaming of the institution after the late businessman cum politician, Moshood Abiola.
The university’s Dean of Student Affairs, Professor Olukayode Amund, told PREMIUM TIMES that the subsisting directive from the Senate to close down the school would be enforced today.
He said the authorities had allowed students to remain on campus after the initial directive to shut down the university believing that students would halt their protests to forestall a breakdown of law and order.
“The move to enforce the closure becomes necessary as a section of the students are marching outside the campus to protest,” Prof Amund said.
Already, the management of one of the female hostels, called Honours Hostel, has already cut power supply and told students to pack their bags and leave.
Earlier this morning, fight almost broke out in one of the hostels as students disagreed on whether to protest or not.
When a few came to mobilize the others at Mariere Hall, they were greeted with shouts of “Go away!” from some of the residents.
Angry at the response, they tried to force their way through the gate but were barred by the hall security officials. Some of them threatened and shouted obscenities at the guards.
Those who do not want the protest to continue are basing their position on a leaflet circulated on campus indicating that the students have been infilterated by hoodlums and persons of questionable characters bent on compromising their security.
However, a few students are later gathered at the university’s sports center to plan a fourth day of protest.
One of the students, who is also a faculty president, spearheading the protest said the anti-protest students had been misinformed.
A Save UNILAG Group has been formed, although its leaders are unknown.
There is also a Facebook group named UNILAG TODAY AND FOREVER PLATFORM. The ASUU branch chairman, Karo Ogbinaka, is a member.
Mr. Ogbinaka told PREMIUM TIMES his union had requested students to remain calm till Monday when buses would be provided to convey students to the court where they can protest after the proceedings.