No fewer than 46 protesting students and parents have been arrested by men of the Nigeria police for allegedly attacking conveys of some top government’s officials during the third day of the demonstration against tuition hike by the Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Confirming the arrest, the state police spokesman, Femi Joseph said they would be charged to court.
Some of the students who spoke with Westernpost alleged that police open fire and teargas on them near governor’s office at Alagbaka Akure during the protest.
However, the state Information Commissioner, Yemi Olowolabi insisted that the protest had been hijacked by politicians.
It would be recalled that the students have been protesting in Akure, over the outrageous increment of the tuition fee by the state government. The fee was increased from #26,500 to over #180, 000.
Most market women in the state capital on Wednesday, joined and encouraged the students protest in telling the government to do the needful.
Meanwhile, the parents had earlier condemned the action of the government over the increase without putting the parents into consideration in its policies.
The parents were alleged of joining hands in causing unrest to the people of the state which later resulted to the arrest by the police through the order of the state government.