On Wednesday, the Nigeria Police showed some protesting students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) that protesting is not part of their freedom. 

It was an unfortunate situation, as the students were made to face the torture that goes with getting exposed to tear gas. 

Police Open Fire At UNILAG Students


They had started their protests but were soon reminded that security operatives are never on the side of protesters.

Indeed, it is one thing to hold a protest in Nigeria and it is another to ensure safety of protesters.

Also, the people organising the protest are required to ensure that properties of Nigerians will not bear the brunt of the protest.

While the protest against the hardship and troubles coming with the increase in cost of living and student’s fees, the police used tear gas in an attempt to disperse them.

The protest seemed calm until the police officers, who were there to watch over the students, started firing shots.

Earlier, on Tuesday, September 4, 2023, the National Association of Nigerian Students warned the Department of State Services (DSS) not to stop students from protesting because it’s a basic human right recognised worldwide.

The national spokesman for the student’s union, Giwa Temitope, said that DSS’s statement on Monday, claiming that politicians were pushing student leaders toward violent protests on socioeconomic issues against the Federal Government, was just propaganda.


He confidently stated that the protest would proceed as planned.

Here are some videos from the protest.

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