BREAKING: Nigerian Students Protest, Block Lagos Airport Road Over ASUU Strike
University students protesting the seven-month industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday morning blocked a section of the access road to the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos, Channels Television has learnt.
The situation caused gridlock along the axis as the vehicular movement in and out of the airport was stalled.
The spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, told Channels Television that police officers have been deployed to the scene.
“Our men are there,” he said in a telephone chat on Monday morning.
The students, in their hundreds, demanded an immediate end to the strike which has entered its seventh month, urging the Nigerian government to meet the demands of the striking lecturers to enable them to return to class.
They could be seen singing and dancing on the road, creating gridlock on the busy road.
In what appears to be an attempt to forestall the protest, SaharaReporters gathered that the students were earlier intimidated by armed police officers.
“We have taken over the road already despite the rainfall, they mobilised lots of security operatives to tame us but nothing shall shake us until our students resume back to class,” NANS Zone D coordinator, Adegboye told SaharaReporters.
Clock Reporters had earlier reported that members of the National Association of Nigerian Students threatened to ground activities at the local and international airports across the country effective today as part of efforts to drive home their demand that the ASUU strike is called off.
The protesting students had last week blocked the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the Ibadan-Ife Road.
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