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Detained UNILAG Students Regain Freedom

The detained University of Lagos (UNILAG) students‎ who were remanded at the Kirikiri prison last week on the orders of the Special Offences Mobile Court, Oshodi have been freed.

They were arrested by the police for a riotous invasion of Lagos-based Television Continental (TVC) and arrived on the order of the court in Oshodi on Thursday morning where the court ordered them released, Premium Times reports.

The management of the station (TVC) has since denied the allegations,  claiming the students were peaceful in their conduct.

Meanwhile, the UNILAG authorities had prior to their release said that some of the accused students were not students of the institution while others had been rusticated from the school.

Several groups including the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and Education Rights Campaign had condemned the detention of the students‎.

Counsel to the students, Inibihehe Effiong,  said the release was subject to Section 211 of the Nigerian constitution.

“The trumped up charges have been struck out and we salute the Lagos State Government for this,” he said.

One of the accused students, Aina Tomi, said they plan to institute legal action against the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni in the next couple of days.

The students also protested their detention on Thursday.

Meanwhile, members of NAN had prior to the release of the students threatened to invade the Kirikiri Prison where the students were detained if they were not released within 24 hours. Read here

 

 

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