There was tension at the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, on Monday, after students protesting against the death of a 500-level student, identified as Ugwanyi Onyekachi, clashed with the police.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the President of the Students Union Government, Samuel Kappo, was also arrested by the police.
It was learnt that Onyekachi had an altercation with a truck driver on Sunday after the latter bashed his car on the LASU-Isheri Road.
The disagreement was said to have degenerated into a fight, during which the victim was stabbed to death by the driver, who immediately fled the scene.
Students of the school on Monday trooped out to protest against the killing, as motorists were held in a gridlock that lasted for hours.
Policemen at the Igando division were said to have used tear gas on the students.
Some of the angry students reportedly attacked the police team after the SUG president was arrested.
The school’s Acting Public Relations Officer, Ademola Adekoya, who confirmed the incident, said the school authorities had already intervened, adding that Kappo had been released.
He said, “Management notes with sadness the unfortunate death of Ugwanyi Cyril Onyekachi, a 500-level student of the Faculty of Law, with Matric Number 130411107, and commiserates with the family, friends and colleagues of the student. In the same vein, we salute the students of the Lagos State University, led by the LASUSU President, Mr. Samuel Kappo, for the maturity they displayed in responding to the issue, even under a very tense and emotional condition.
“Angry reactions followed the news of the unfortunate incident. But student leaders, having received assurance from the police on the arrest and detention of the individual alleged to have perpetrated the act, prevailed on the students to exercise restraints for justice to prevail. Our students have, therefore, returned to their classrooms and are going about their activities peacefully.”
The state police spokesperson, Olarinde Famous-Cole, gave a different account of the incident.
He said a student had a fight with a motorist after their vehicles collided, which led to the death of the driver.
“The student was arrested and his colleagues came to demand his release. The suspect has been transferred to the command,” he added
EYE WITNESS REPORT
What pains us most was the way the Police shot at students and PROFESSORS(led by the Dean of Faculty of Law) who only came to receive the assurance of the Police that the culprit won't be released (as it was already being rumoured the murderer has been released by the men of Igando Police).
On sighting a LASU bus at their entrance , the Policemen immediately opened fire on the bus (that conveyed the SUG PRESIDENT and 5 of his excos).
They immediately arrested them again and this irked the students who mobillized in their thousands to Igando to demand the release of their President and justice for the departed soul.
Shockingly, the Policemen yesterday night, in order to cover their evil act on innocent and peaceful students changed the face of the story and claimed our STUDENT THAT WAS MURDERED WAS THE ONE THAT KILLED HIS MURDER. ... The Policemen should remember that we are LASUITES, we can't stand oppression and injustice.... They will feel the heat but we will remain PEACEFUL as we are militant but reasonable!!!!
WE WILL NOT REST UNTILL WE GET JUSTICE