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Court Grants Freedom To ‘Detained’ UNILAG Students

Court Grants Freedom To ‘Detained’ UNILAG Students

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The 13 students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), who were detained at the Kirikiri prison last week at the behest of the Special Offences Mobile Court, Oshodi have been granted freedom.

The accused persons were detained for protesting against the authorities of the institution, amidst an alleged “riotous invasion” of the university campus and Lagos-based Television Continental, TVC.

The management of TVC had since denied the allegations, saying the students were peaceful in their conduct.

Earlier today, the student arrived the mobile court in Oshodi in company of a police convoy chanting solidarity songs.

After court session, 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.

While speaking to newsmen, one of the students, Aina Tomi, said that the students would institute a legal suit against the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, Premium Times reports.

“We will institute legal action against the commissioner in the next couple of days,” he said.

The management of UNILAG had earlier disowned the students saying some of them had been rusticated from the school while others were not students of the institution.

This is even as several groups including the National Association of Nigerian Students and Education Rights Campaign had condemned the detention of the students‎.

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