Some police officers from the Kwara State Command brutalized and arrested some students of the Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies, who were protesting alleged non-accreditation of some courses of the institution on Wednesday.

While the Kwara State Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Mr. Saheed Olasa, was arrested, the Vice–President of the National Association of Kwara State Students, national headquarters, Abdullahim Ibrahim, was injured.

The students had peacefully matched from the Post Office junction to Ahmadu Bello Way and towards the Government House.

In an interview with journalists, the students complained that many of their courses had not been accredited for years, adding that such was inimical to their education pursuit.

The spokesperson of the students, Abdulhameed Ishoola, said they had made many representations to the government but all in futility.

He said, “We have been fighting for this for some time since our government is not yielding to their promise as they have been promising us many times, that  very soon our courses will be accredited, that they will release money  for the accreditation of our courses but uptil date, they are yet to do anything about it. That is why our students are out here to express our grievances for the non-accreditation of our courses as it is affecting us critically. Over 20 courses are not accredited.”

When the students got close to the Presidential lodge close to the Government House, some police officers and officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps accosted them.

They engaged the students in discussion on whether the police approved their protest, but the students said they had written to the police authorities.

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Some of the security operatives then told the students not to continue with the protest as they had not received approval from the police.

The situation however degenerated when the students insisted on continuing their protest to the Government House gate, but they were resisted by security operatives.

The security operatives subsequently dispersed the students, and arrested Olasa while the students were forced to disperse even as they expressed their strong displeasure with the situation.


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