The authorities of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Tuesday disowned the 13 students who are currently in Kirikiri prisons custody over an alleged “riotous invasion” of the university campus and a television station.
In a statement signed by the Deputy Registrar, Information Unit, Toyin Adebule, UNILAG claimed the detained people comprised of students rusticated by the institution and others from a school in Ogun State.
The statement read: “University of Lagos, hereby states that the 13 students remanded by the court as reported by different newspaper tabloids and electronic publications to be UNILAG students are not students of the institution.
“These ‘students’ comprise rusticated students and some students from an institution in Ogun State.
“Let us emphasise here that the rusticated students are requested to apply for re-admission after serving their punishment. Until re-absorption, they are not considered bona fide students of the university.”
The statement is coming a day after the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) issued a 24-hour ultimatum for the release of the students.
The police had charged the students before a Special Offences Mobile Court for “riotous invasion.”
They are charged before P.E. Nwaka, a chief magistrate, for two counts of unlawful invasion and disruption of activities.
The students pleaded not guilty to the charges.