Court frees UNILAG 13, strikes out charges

The students who were arrested and
arraigned last week for allegedly disrupting
activities on Unilag campus and riotous
activities within the TVC television
premises were asked to be remanded at the
Kiriki prison by Justice P. E. Nwaka
pending the application of their bail due
today.
The counsel to the students, Inibihehe
Effiong, said the release was subject to
Section 211 of the Nigerian constitution.
“The trumped up charges have been struck
out and we salute the Lagos State
Government for this,” he said.
Aina Tomi, one of the 14 students, disclosed
that the students would institute a legal
suit against the Lagos state Commissioner
of Police, Fatai Owoseni.
“We will institute legal action against the
commissioner in the next couple of days”,
he said.
It should be recalled that the management
of the station has since denied the
allegations, saying the students were
peaceful in their conduct.
They were arrested on the university
campus while protesting the suspension of
a visually-impaired student and demanding
the reinstatement of all suspended student
activists.
Several groups including the National
Association of Nigerian Students and
Education Rights Campaign had since
condemned the detention of the students.
The UNILAG authorities had earlier
denounced the students saying some of
them had been rusticated from the school
while others were not students of the
institution.

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