Leave us and go rescue Chibok girls – Ogun students tell soldiers as protest enters second day

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 15th, 2014

IMG-20140814-WA003Protesting students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, are unrelenting in their demands for further reduction of their school fees as their action entered a second day.They are also pressing that the reduction starts from the current academic session and not the next as proposed by the state government.DailyPost first reported the protest which began yesterday.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun had last week approved an across-the-board reduction in the tuition fees of all tertiary institutions owned by the state.
Under the new arrangement, medical students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), who had been paying N301,610 would now pay as low as N176,596, 41.4 per cent reduction, while students of the Faculty of Arts would be paying N81,112 instead of the current fee of N126,540, which is a 35.9 per cent reduction.

However, in continuation of their protest which started yesterday, the students as early as 6:30 am on Friday, took over the Presidential boulevard, the route leading to the office of Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
They said they would not let the governor, who was yet to arrive the scene, get to his office unless he addresses their demands.

The development caused gridlock on the dual carriage road as many motorists had to make detour. Several civil servants working in the governor’s office were forced to return home following the blockade of the road.
The protesting students seized a mass transit bus belonging to the state government and forced a security vehicle filled with soldiers to leave the scene.
In one voice, they told the soldiers to go look for the kidnapped Chibok girls rather than act on any “order from above” meant to stop the protest.

DailyPost recalls that the students began the protestand camped at Rev. Kuti Secondary School in Abeokuta for the night. They continued the protest at about 6:30 a.m. on Friday.
The President of the university’s Students Union Government, Olusegun Ifade who addressed his colleagues had promised that the protest would be peaceful as they would avoid clashed with security operatives.

“Let us conduct the protest in peaceful manner,but we have occupied this road for now until the governor attends to our demands. We are not leaving here,” he said.

The protesterson Thursday had a brief clash with rival students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic who came to declare support for the governor. The security officials present looked away while the clash occurred.
The Ogun Police Commissioner, Ikemefuna Okoye, later arrived to address the protesting students, asking them to conduct a peaceful protest.

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