A battle of wills and wits is brewing up at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) where the students of the institution have 'hijacked' the institution as they fight for a reversal of a hike in the institution's fees.
Great Ife At War: OAU Students 'Hijack' Campus In #BringBackOurFees Battle
OAU has become a battle ground after the students' decision to call the bluff of the management which last week ordered them to leave the institution's premises following their school fees hike protest
Report reaching Student Pulse from a source within the institution, Veekthur Victor, state that the OAU management made moved to 'frustrate the students'.
"They have made life unbearable by seizing light and water and threatening food sellers and other businesses to vacate the school environment.
"All of these are an attempt to make students leave the school," Victor told Pulse in a chat.
He added that the police, locked out by the students, have remained stationed at the school gate.
"Mobile Polices with their armoured tank were right in front of the school gate and they promised us that they won't enter into our school unless they spot violence."
A war for all
OAU students, from the start of the stand-off, following the official announcement of the closure, had prevented anyone from leaving the institution.
They maintained the no-exit policy until the intervention of the Student Union Government President Ibikunle Isaac advised otherwise.
"The students resolved at a congress meeting that we will not go home despite the shutdown and there were suggestions that we should barricade the main gate to prevent cowardly students from going home.
"Our president suggested that we should allow students who want to leave and those who want to stay do so out of free will, so that the press and media won't publish wrong insinuations like 'OAU STUDENTS Abduct their colleagues'".
Support from abroad
Student Pulse was made to understand also that students from other institutions have showed support for their cause, especially Lagos State University students who recently fought and won a similar battle last week.
"Our next line of action was to liaise with other students' union from other university and hold a congress meeting with them today in our school to decide on the next line of action
"UNILAG representatives are around. LASU representatives are also around."
With the stand-off now reaching its fourth day, losses are already being counted. While the students have to make do with food cooked by their female colleagues, mainly beans the management functions have been disrupted.
"Some lecturers attacked students with sticks just because of the barricade that prevented them from attending to their businesses," Victor said.
"One of the lecturers complained that his sick wife could not be conveyed to the hospital because of the barricade by students."
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