September 19, (THEWILL) – Students, under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), South West zone, on Monday, blocked the road leading to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
The situation caused gridlock along the axis, as the vehicular movement in and out of the airport was stalled.
The students, who were blocked by security operatives from gaining access to the airport took over the road, preventing traffic flow both inward and outward from the Airport.
The mass action is in continuation of their protest against the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
THEWILL had earlier reported that NANS members threatened to ground activities at the local and international airports across the country effective Monday, September 19, as part of efforts to drive home their demand that the ASUU strike be called off.
The protesters were led by NANS National Taskforce Chairman, Olumide Ojo; Vice President, External Affairs, Akinteye Babatunde; Public Relations Officer, Giwa Yisa Temitope; Zone D Coordinator, Adegboye Emmanuel Olatunji; Deputy Senate President, Ekundina Elvis; Ondo JCC Chairman, Omotosho Surprise; Lagos JCC Chairman, Olusesi Tolulope Samson; Ogun JCC Chairman, Kehinde Damilola Simeon and Oyo JCC Chairman, Adeleke Quadri Abidemi.
The students, in their hundreds, demanded an immediate end to the strike which has entered its seventh month, urging the Federal Government to meet the demands of the striking lecturers to enable them to return to class.
The spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, said police officers have been deployed to the scene.
NANS Public Relations Officer, Giwa Temitope, confirmed the presence of security operatives.
“They are here to protect us. Nobody has been harassed, but we are not relenting. No retreat, no surrender”, he said.