In a tense turn of events, two students were arrested at the University of Lagos Junction while participating in a protest against a fee hike at the institution.
The arrested students, identified as Femi Adeyeye and Philip Olatinwo, were taken into custody by the police and placed in a police van stationed in the area. Distressed by the turn of events, Femi Adeyeye shared a message, expressing concern over the situation and sharing a video from inside the van.
Another protester, identified as Bayo, recounted that the police had mobilized officers from multiple stations to the scene. During the protest, the police fired tear gas, causing many students who had gathered to disperse in a bid to seek safety.
“Many students have fled the scene. I’m hiding somewhere. Femi and Philip are inside the Black Maria (police van). They have not been moved to anywhere,” Bayo reported.
A video shared captured the chaotic scene, with protesters carrying placards as they attempted to escape the tear gas fired by the police.
As of the time of filing this report, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, had not responded to calls and text messages, leaving the situation uncertain and raising concerns about the fate of the arrested students.