The management of the Edo State’s Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, on Wednesday morning, deployed armed policemen at the university’s gate to allegedly intimidate the students’ leaders and dissuade them from embarking on protests on the hike in tuition fees.
This was confirmed by an eyewitness and Twitter user, who shared the pictures of the security operatives who were stationed at the strategic location of the university’s environment.
He wrote: “Heavy security at AAU EKPOMA main gate this morning to intimidate students for protesting against school fees hike.”
KOKO TV NG earlier reported that the university authorities also concluded plans to rusticate 16 members of the students’ union leadership in the school for leading a protest against the hike in tuition fees.
KOKO TV NG on Monday obtained one of the pages of the letter showing a list of the affected students’ union leaders which was also copied to the university’s Vice Chancellor, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellors – Academic and Administration – among other top university officials.
Sources also told KOKO TV NG that the management had also reached out to the parents of the affected students’ union leaders and were using the Department of State Services (DSS) to threaten them.
“The DSS extracted the biodata of the students and called their parents, asking them to caution their children to withdraw from this struggle and stop asking the management to reverse the school fees. The DSS did that on Sunday,” one of the sources said.
But speaking with KOKO TV NG, the school’s Public Relations Officer, Otunba Mike Aladenika, had denied the planned suspension of the students.
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