Undergraduate students of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU) on Tuesday attacked members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) who were holding meeting on the university campus.
The students were said to have disrupted the meeting after they got an information that ASUU was holding the Congress to call for strike action at a time the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) were on a warning strike.
The bittered students, who were protesting against incessant in the institution, carried placards on which were written, “No more strike”, “We are tired of staying at home”, “We no go gree” and many others, made it known that the disrupted the lecturers’ meeting to prevent them from taking decisions that could enhance the strike action.
According to an eyewitness, the protesting students while chanting solidarity songs attacked the venue of the meeting and threw stones, broken bottles, blocks which made the lecturers run for their dear lives.
A student who pleaded anonymity stated that the disruption was to stop the lecturers from calling for strike action.
Some of them sustained injuries and were later rushed to a private clinic at Ekpoma town for immediate treatment.
The Chairman of ASUU AAU Branch, Prof, Monday Igbafen, while speaking on the incident, stated that the students almost burnt them alive inside the hall, saying that they were discussing issues about a court case against the Union when they were attacked.
The Spokesman for the university, Edward Aihevba, condemned the students’ action, saying it is wrong on the part of the students to embark on such violent action.
He said the management of the institution has begun an investigation into the incident and has assured that those behind it will be brought to book.