Students remanded at Kirikiri prison not ours — UNILAG

The University of Lagos has stated that the 13 students, a Special Offences mobile court sitting in Oshodi, Lagos, ordered on April 1, 2017 to be remanded at the Kirikiri prison, Lagos, are not students of the institution.
The University of Lagos has stated that the 13 students, a Special Offences mobile court sitting in Oshodi, Lagos, ordered on April 1, 2017 to be remanded at the Kirikiri prison, Lagos, are not students of the institution.

In a disclaimer the school issued on Wednesday signed by its Deputy Registrar (Information Unit), Mr. Adebule Toyin, it maintained that contrary to report, the remanded figures were “rusticated students and some students from an institution in Ogun State.”

The police had arraigned the students before Chief Magistrate P.E. Nwaka on two counts charge of unlawful invasion and disruption of activities. They were accused of unlawful invasion of the TVC television station, Ikosi, Lagos, on March 31, 2017 protesting the rustication of a UNILAG student. They were also said to have invaded the UNILAG main campus at Akoka and disrupted normal activities in the institution.

The accused are Femi Adeyeye, Toni Aina, Kodri Yaya, Asimi Oladime, Ismahim Olalekan, Segun Okesola, Abdulazeez Soneye, Idris Abogunloko, Muyiwa Olaniyi, Toheed Oladimeji, Joseph Akanni, Lukumon Olusegun and Abiodun Agbeniyi.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges. The magistrate ordered their remand at the Kirikiri prison pending their bail application and adjourned the case to April 6, 2017 for a determination of their bail.

The disclaimer emphasised that the rusticated students have been requested to apply for re-admission after serving their punishment, and “until re-absorption, they are not considered bona fide students of the university.”

The Information Unit explained that the disciplinary action the institution’s authorities had taken against a visually impaired student was in accordance with the Senate-approved Social Misconduct and Penalties Regulation of the university.

“Let us assure you that the student in question was in no form victimised for his visual impairment. A lot of brilliant, law-abiding and serious students (either physically-challenged or not) had passed through this citadel of learning since inception and most of them are making waves in their respective endeavours,” the unit said. DAILYTRUST.M

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