During the course of this week, we reported that Students’ Association blocked the Lagos Airport road to protest ASUU strike. Well, a new report that spells trouble has now emerged in the line of the student protests. Fresh reports reaching us confirm that Lagos police have now taken over the 3rd mainland bridge to prevent student protests there. Yes, the students’ association had initially released an update that it will be blocking major roads all over Nigeria to continue its protests. However, trouble seems to be looming now as Lagos and Kaduna State governments are also making plans to counter the students’ protests.
Police officers are now positioned on the Lagos 3rd mainland bridge to prevent students protest against the ASUU strike
CSP Lanre Edegbai, the DPO of the Adeniji-Adele police division in Lagos has confirmed that his officers are now positioned on the Third mainland bridge. It should be noted that the aggrieved University students recently blocked all access linking to the Lagos Airport road. The students have also promised to repeat this same feat across all major roads in Nigeria. This is the reason why the Lagos State police are now trying to ensure unhindered traffic flow on the 3rd mainland bridge.
The Lagos State police PRO has also confirmed that officers are stationed on the 3rd mainland bridge to prevent student protests
Just as you have read in the screenshot above, the PRO of Lagos police has confirmed that officers have taken over the third mainland bridge. According to the police spokesperson, the reason for this action is the fact that all citizens have the right to “free” movement. The police PRO argues that aggrieved university students are allowed to protest against the lingering ASUU strike but not blocking of major roads. As of the time of writing this report, the hashtag #ENDASUUSTRIKE is still being used on many social media pages. It is not yet clear whether the NANS (National Association of Nigerian Students) will cancel its planned protests on major roads or not.