Anti-riot policemen in Ondo State have began the massive arrests of students of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko (AAUA) who have been carrying out peaceful demonstrations over the hike in their tuition in the past few days
Anti-riot policemen in Ondo State have began the massive arrests of students of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko (AAUA) who have been carrying out peaceful demonstrations over the hike in their tuition in the past few days.
Sahara Reporters learned that the arrest of the students was based on the order of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
Some of the protesting students had earlier today ambushed the convoy of the governor around the Union Bank, Akure. It was gathered that the students chanted solidarity songs in which they hurl abuses on his government during the ambush.
Deputy Senate President of the Students Union Government of the AAUA, Tosin Adojutelegan, was among students who have been arrested and dragged to the station by the police as at the time of filing in this story.
Adekunle Ajasin University Students started the protest on Monday over the hike in their tuition fee from N35, 000 to N180, 000.
A source told our correspondent via the phone that the anti riot police officers were shooting at the students indiscriminately. The source explained that some parents who also joined the students to protest over the hike in tuition were also attacked by the police.
"Many of us (students) and our leaders are now being arrested by the police on the order of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
"The Police are currently dispersing us with their teargas and some of us have attack by the policemen who are supposed to be protecting us.
"Even, some parents who joined us for the protest today are being harassed by the police while some were beaten and even arrested," he said via a phone chat”, the student said.
It was also reliably gathered that the police shot one of the vehicles conveying students during today’s protest at.
Some of the students who spoke to this website, however, vowed to occupy offices of the state government and the police station until their colleagues are freed.
It could be recllaed that the students had embarked on a protest demanding a reversal of their increased tuition fee to the initial amount.
This website has also reported how the state governor hired pro-government students' leaders to stage a counter-protest against the students of Adekunle Ajasin University of Agriculture, Ondo state.