The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has released nine student activists and protesters from the University of Lagos (UNILAG) who were earlier arrested and held in detention.
These student activists had been apprehended during a protest and were detained in a cell at the Lagos Police Command’s State Criminal and Investigation Department (SCID) in Yaba.
This development came after the Students Representative Council of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Osun State demanded the immediate release of the UNILAG protesters who had been arrested.
In a previous report, it was disclosed that some activists were taken into custody by officers of the Nigeria Police Force, Lagos State Command, while UNILAG students and members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NASS) protested against a fee increment imposed by the school authorities.
Video footage from the scene showed security operatives using tear gas to disperse the peaceful demonstrators. In addition to disrupting the protest, the police also arrested an activist named Philip Olatinwoa, along with two other protesters.
In response to these arrests, the OAU student council and Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Femi Adeyeye, an activist, Giwa Temitope, the Public Relations Officer of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), and the other individuals who had been taken into custody.
Fortunately, it has been reported that the detained activists and students, who were held in Room D15, were released on Wednesday afternoon.