The national Public Relation officer of the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), Comrade Olugbode Damola has denied the news of arrest of some of the students who participated in the peaceful protest against the hike in tuition fees of fees of the Kwara State Polytechnics for the new 2017/2018 academic session.
Comrade Olugbode who debunked the news via a statement released last night, jointly signed by him and the chairman Joint Campus Committee/National Association of Nigeria Students (JCC/NANS) in person of Comrade Abdulkadir Bolaji Uthman expressed that,
“the news circulating over the arrest of students who participated in the Tuesday 8th November 2017 peaceful protest lead by my humble self is another failed lie of the Kwara State Polytechnic Management aim to insert fear into the gallant students of the institution who are determined to resist the unjust increment of the school fees.”
Describing how peaceful the protest went, Olugbode wrote, “the peaceful protest lead by myself as the National Public Relation Officer of National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) and Joint Campus Committee/ National Association of Nigeria Students Kwara axis was well coordinated with the presence of the men of the Nigeria Police Force and State Security Services, after which we were invited for discussion by the SSS where we were pleaded with to discontinue the protest to give room for their intervention.”
Expressing his unhappiness on the proclamation of the Kwara Poly management on the issue, “it is unfortunate that instead the school management to address the issue of school fees increment they have retorted into telling lies of arresting protesters and denail of school fees increment.”
The gallant student leader thereby challenged the management of the institution to release names of the arrested students and justify the reason why anybody who participated in a peaceful protest would be arrested.
For benefit of doubts, Olugbode called on the public to visit the Police headquarters Ilorin Kwara State to confirm if any student was arrested as claimed by the school management.
In his conclusion, the outspoken Comrade said, “it is imperative we say without fear that no amount of intimidation or victimization can silence the voice of the students, we are resolute on victory as we won’t retreat from the struggle until the unjust increment is reversed.”