As students continue peaceful demonstration of increase in their tuition, the police command in Lagos State has sent its personnel to the University of Lagos (UNILAG) to preserve law and order.
SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the command’s public relations officer, confirmed the deployment in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday.
He said that the policemen were deployed to prevent breakdown of law and order.
“The police officers were just stationed on campus to uphold law and order.
“They are not intended to obstruct access to or exit from the school. People are freely entering and exiting,” he stated.
According to Hundeyin, the students and the school administration were talking about the fee hike and collaborating to make sure that everyone would be happy in the end.
NAN reports that on Aug. 8, the National Association of Nigerian Students Joint Campus Council (NANS JCC), Lagos State Chapter, suspended its planned protest against increase in UNILAG school fees due to intervention by the state Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Idowu Owohunwa.
The CP provided a scholarship to one of the delegation’s students (name withheld), who is a needy student, for the duration of his university studies.
He added that the decision to halt the demonstration was made by the student leaders in light of this and other factors.
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