can authoritatively, unequivocally inform members of the public that, over 50 protesting students of polytechnics and colleges of Educations who troop to the streets in Lagos to protest over the lingering strike embarked upon by Academic Staff Unions in polytechnics And College of Education that has left the tertiary institutions closed for more than 9 months were, on Wednesday, apprehended by the police and detained in police stations in Yaba, Lagos.

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According to reports gathered by the, the students, numbering about 1,000, were harrassed and repressed with tear gas by the police at Alagomeji in Yaba, during the protest which started from Yaba College of Technology.

The arrested students were detained at Adekunle and Sabo police stations, both in Yaba.

Meanwhile, the Joint Action Front (JAF), whose members were part of the mass protest organised by the Concerned Students against Education Commercialisation (COSATEC), have condemned the repression of the peaceful protest, culminating in the arrest and brutality of the over 50 students, activists, and journalists.

According to reports gathered, some of the buses that carried students during the procession were not spared, as their windscreens were shattered.

A renowned reporter with the Sahara Reporters, Mr Segun Akinpelu, was also a victim of the attack as he was beaten up, with his camera and other recording gadgets destroyed.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, and Colleges of Education and Academic Staff Union, COEASU, have been on eight-month and six-month strike respectively.

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