Police fire shots to disperse protesting LAUTECH students

Students of the Ladoka Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, on Friday took to the streets to protest the lingering strike action by teaching and non-teaching staff in the institution.

The strike action, which started over six months ago in June was embarked upon by the workers due to the non-payment of their salaries and allowances by the owners of the university, the Oyo and Osun state governments.

The strike action has led to total inactivity in the university.

Friday’s protest by the students later turned rowdy as police tried to disperse protesters.

The protest, held in front of the LAUTECH College of Health, later witnessed police officers firing shots to disperse the students.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES, a student of the school who begged to remain anonymous said “We have been on strike since June. There have been several protests held but nothing was done; so students decided to go on a peaceful protest (today).

“Police came and started shooting at students and they have started arresting students,” he added.

There is no evidence yet that any of the protesting students sustained gunshot injuries.

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