Personnel of the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police Force have shot at students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and members of the National Association of Nigerian Students protesting against fees increment by the school authorities.
The lawless police operatives after disrupting the peaceful protest also arrested an activist, Philip Olatinwo, Comrade Femi Adeyeye, and one other protester.
The NANS had on Tuesday informed the police of plans to hold the peaceful protest on September 6, 2023, at the University of Lagos. NANS had warned the Department of State Services not to prevent students from exercising their rights to protest, saying it is a universally recognised human right. But in an update, it was learnt that the police had disrupted the protest, shooting at the protesters and arrested some of the students.
“Update: @activistfemi, Philip Olatinwo, and two others have been arrested by @PoliceNG after shooting at Unilag students protesting over fee hike,” a source said.
Femi Adeyeye would later release a video of himself in a police van.
“They mobilised policemen from many stations,” Adeyeye said in a distress message sent to our correspondent, sharing another video of himself and Philip in the van.
Another protester, Bayo, said that policemen fired tear gas at them and many students that had gathered, dispersed.
“Many students have fled the scene. I’m hiding somewhere. Femi and Philip are inside the Black Maria. They have not moved them to anywhere,” Bayo said.
A video showed some of the protesters carrying placards as they ran from the tear gas said to have been fired by the police.
Men of the Department of State Services (DSS), police and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) were on the ground to disrupt the planned protest.