UPDATE: Court in Lagos releases 13 UNILAG students who were arrested and kept in Kirikiri prison.
The 13 students were detained in Kirikiri Prison on the order of Special Offences Mobile Court, in Oshodi on Saturday for protesting against the school management, but they have been released yesterday, thursday morning .
The main reason for the protest was because of the suspension of a visually-impaired student which made the protesters demand for the reinstatement of all suspended student activists, the arrested protesters were supported by other students present at the court vicinity chanting solidarity songs before and after the court session.
The police had claimed that the students were arraigned for riotous invasion of Lagos-based Television Continental, TVC. But the management of the station has since denied the allegations, saying the students were peaceful in their conduct.
The counsel to the students, Inibehe 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 13 students, Aina Tomi, disclosed that the students would institute a legal suit against the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni.
“We will institute legal action against the commissioner in the next couple of days,” he said.
Earlier this week, the university management had denounced the students saying some of them had been rusticated from the school while others were not students of the institution. Also, several groups including the National Association of Nigerian Students and Education Rights Campaign had condemned the detention of the students.