Police yesterday arraigned eight protesting students of the Lagos State University (LASU), who were arrested by the Police on Tuesday before an Ikeja chief magistrate’s court for alleged breach of public peace.
The students were docked before Magistrate Eniola Fabanwo for conducting themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of public peace.
Moments after the charges were read to them by the court registrar, they all pleaded not guilty to the one count offence.
The five male and three female students arraigned are Bolarinwa Olamide (male, 23 ), Oludare Samuel Olayinka (male, 18), Oni Victoria (female, 18), Fatukasi Timilehin (male, 19) and Babatunde Bolarinwa (male, 24).
Others are Ajayi Taiwo (female, 24 ), Olatimihan Taiwo (female, 20) old and Akani Segun (male, 27).
The students, who were brought to the court untidy, alleged that they were maltreated by the Police, who apart from beating them also forced them to evacuate waste from a septic tank.
Among other things, the students were accused of allegedly hijacking a vehicle, LAGBUS No P004 with number plate SMK 719 XK, property of Lagos State Government.
According to the Police, the students allegedly committed an offence which contravenes Section 166 (D) of the Criminal Laws No 11 Vol. 44 Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.
The trial magistrate has since granted them bail in the sum of N10,000 each with a surety each, who should be their relative.
The LASU students took to the streets in Lagos, Tuesday, causing traffic gridlock along the Lagos‑Abeokuta expressway, protesting hike in their school fees.
They also blocked the road leading to the domestic wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, forcing motorists to spend hours in traffic.