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Unilag Protest Saga "Save Unilag Coalition"


7 DAYS AGO , Sarahara reporters  Announced Mass Action To Demand Reinstatement Of Rusticated Students

The Save UNILAG Coalition has set March 6, 2017 as the date for a protest to demand the immediate and unconditional reinstatement of Adeyeye Olorunfemi, the National Secretary of the Alliance of Nigerian Students Against Neoliberal Attacks (ANSA) and the UNILAG 10.
A statement signed by Sanyaolu Juwon, the Secretary of the Coalition, said the decision was made at a meeting convened by ANSA at the Lagos State University (LASU) on February 18.
“The meeting witnessed the active participation of NANS JCC Lagos, SAYASI, TASUED SUG, ERC Lagos, NANS VP External and other well-meaning radical Students’ Activists of LASU,” the statement said, adding that the event would be observed as a day of action in demand for the reinstatement of the politically victimized comrades of UNILAG.

It recalled that UNILAG students protested the poorwelfare conditions on their campus for three consecutive days starting on April 6, 2016 before they were forcibly repressed on April 8. See more

7 DAYS AFTER, according to Daily Trust, Monday, March 6th 2017, Students Protest in UNILAG, Demand Restoration of Students’ Union Body

Students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka on Monday protested against the school management’s high-handedness which led to the banning of the Student Union Government (SUG) on campus and the rustication of eleven students, among other issues.

The protesters who gathered around the school campus in Akoka were seen chanting anti-establishment songs and intermittently giving speeches to pour out their grievances against the school authority. The students led by members of “Save UNILAG Coalition” demanded for the restoration of UNILAG student’s union (SUG), improve welfare conditions on campus for students and their lecturers, and immediate and unconditional reinstatement of eleven students who were rusticated earlier at the institution for various offences.etc See more




According to Guardian News:
Meanwhile, Deputy Registrar, Information Unit of the institution, Toyin Adebule, in a telephone conversation with The Guardian, denied that the protesters are UNILAG students. According to him: “The protesters are activists and rusticated students who lost their case in court. Now that they have lost in court, they put up the jankara protest. We have issued a press statement to that effect informing the public that the University of Lagos students are not protesting. The gathering outside the gate consists of rusticated students and allies. They have challenged the university in court and the case has been struck out.”

Our take on this?

The Registrar speaking on behalf of the institution claims that those behind the protests aren't students of the institution but the real reason behind the protest seems not to be trashed yet. Is Unilag saying its action of rusticating the students is legal despite the fact that these rusticated students stood up for the rights of other students with a peaceful protest? Is it illegal to fight for ones right?
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