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Adekunle Ajasin University students attack, stone government officials over tuition hike

Protesting students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA) Ondo state, allegedly attacked the convoy of government officials and security operatives in the state on Wednesday, April 11, Tribune reports.

The students, on their third day of protest over the recent school fees increment, blocked all roads leading to the state secretariat and Government House.

Scannews24 gathers that the students prevented the convoy of a government official from passing through to the governor’s office. However, they were eventually dispersed by mobile policemen and operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) who used tear gas to remove them from the Government House gate.

In solidarity with the protesting students, traders at the Oja Oba market also closed their shops, grinding to a halt, socio-economic activities in Akure.

The students also converged on Ikare Akoko, and called for the immediate reversal of the hike, to save the state’s education. They urged traditional rulers and community leaders to

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Protesting students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA) Ondo state, allegedly attacked the convoy of government officials and security operatives in the state on Wednesday, April 11, Tribune reports.

The students, on their third day of protest over the recent school fees increment, blocked all roads leading to the state secretariat and Government House.

Scannews24 gathers that the students prevented the convoy of a government official from passing through to the governor’s office. However, they were eventually dispersed by mobile policemen and operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) who used tear gas to remove them from the Government House gate.

In solidarity with the protesting students, traders at the Oja Oba market also closed their shops, grinding to a halt, socio-economic activities in Akure.

The students also converged on Ikare Akoko, and called for the immediate reversal of the hike, to save the state’s education. They urged traditional rulers and community leaders to intervene and call the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu to order.

The state police public relations officer, Femi Joseph, stated that the students had attacked and stoned some government officials; and that security agents had arrested 46 suspects. He said hoodlums had hijacked the protest.

According to Joseph, investigations showed that 36 of the arrested suspects were not students or parents of the students.

He stated: “If the students have reasons to protest, it is their constitutional rights If your government brings out any policy or decision that do not go down well with you, you can protest peacefully.

“But when you begin to cross the line of decency, embarking on the destruction of lives and properties, blocking the highways and embarking on a looting spree and damaging government properties and even wanting to invade the government house, we will not allow that.

“We have been appealing to the students to embrace dialogue since the beginning of this protest; but they allowed hoodlums to hijack this protest and we would not fold our arms and allow this to continue.”

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