[Education News] TASUED will be closed as NANS issues a 24-hour ultimatum to release detained students.
Management shut down Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) after students and soldiers clashed in a Nigerian army barracks in Ilese. Reports have it that several injured college students took to the streets on Friday to protest the arrest and detention of a colleague by the military on Thursday. Vice-chancellor Professor Wole Banjo told reporters that some students went to military barracks to find out why they were detained. Banjo said in the morning that measures were being taken to secure the release of students, including the student council president. During this time, protesters were observed facing Benin-Ore Road, facing soldiers ready to fight with armored vehicles parked at a Conoil gas station.
To unwind, the University Senate ordered all students to leave campus immediately at an emergency meeting on Friday. “The Senate of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ogun, has decided in an emergency meeting that all students must immediately leave the university campus. TASUED Public Relations Officer, Ayotunde Odubela, said in a statement: “Parents, please contact their wards and have him return home immediately.” Mr. Odubela added that despite rumors that it was the university that asked the soldiers to arrest the students, “the university has never invited military or security personnel to the campus as all campuses are peaceful and quiet.” Not a single student was shot. Attempts were made to contact the
Meanwhile, Sunday Asefon, the national president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the Nigerian military to release arrested students. “It is only natural that the Nigerian military does not have the time to focus on tackling Nigeria’s multifaceted security crisis and track down students without weapons against the state,” said Acephon. He expressed displeasure at the “persecution and intimidation” by Nigerian military forces, “This is clear evidence of a lack of commitment to national security, and we believe this is only reasonable if class and documentation are reasonable.” The same goes for the barracks. Deployed to the northeast to wage a real war so that thieves and terrorists can do
something.” “Therefore, because the orders of all Nigerian students around the world are strong, I have a 24-hour deadline for the unconditional release of our students from barracks. If this ultimatum is not met, I advise the Nigerian army in Ogun State to immediately mobilize arms and request reinforcements, as the NANS State Secretariat will be relocated to the Ogun State, especially the Ilese Barracks. With mobilized students from all over the country, either get killed by the trigger-happy soldiers or enforce the release of our students,” Asefon warned.
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