By Olarotimi Oshin
The kwara state police command at early our of today arrested about ten students of the Kwara College of Arabic and lslamic Legal studies, llorin as hundreds of the students carried out a protest at the entrance of the school over non-payment of lecturers salaries as they commenced three day warning strike today.
The three day warning strike led to a peaceful protest by hundreds of Students of the College who were supposed to begin the second semester examination today. A team of Policemen drove into the College campus where the protest was taking place at about half past eleven am to prevent the Students from the protest.
Royal FM correspondent who was at the scene reports that violence struck when men of the Nigeria police released tear gas to stop the protest while the students reacted by throwing stones on the police officers.
According to our correspondent, men of the Nigeria police command who came in large number with six patrol van pursued students into the school compound and arrested ten students within the school premises. Men of the Nigeria police at the state CID confirmed the arrest but seized to speak on the matter.
As at the time of filling this report, the state police public relation officer, Ajayi Okasanmi was not available to speak on the students’ arrest.
Some of the students, who spoke on the matter called on the state government to wade into the matter by directing police to release their colleagues.
The College Classrooms, Library and offices were under locked.
The Deputy Registrar of the College, Mr Afolabi who spoke with our correspondent said lecturers are protesting non-payment of ten salaries, adding that the state government had been pleading with the staff. He explained that the students might have been protesting to sympathize with their lecturers.