Protesting students of Lagos State University (LASU) have said that the assault launched against one of their colleagues by the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Obafunwa, was actually what triggered off the violent protests. The protest had gone up for second day when some aggrieved students, who said the University Portal had been closed against their registration had besieged faculties of law, social sciences and the MBA building in the early hours of January 23, 2014, Thursday. Some of the students, who spoke with Daily Trust correspondent at the Ojo campus of the institution, said the protest which began on Wednesday and was not designed to take a violence approach not until one of their colleagues, who was said to have gone and knelt down before the Vice Chancellor, was alleged to have been kicked away. “We were not meant to be violent. We just want the management to have a change of heart and allow extension in the registration process.
We can’t imagine 1,292 students not registered not to partake in the exams and one our colleagues have only gone to beg the VC and beg him to have a change of heart when the VC kicked him out of sight,” Jamiu Alade, a 200-level student of Microbiology said.