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ASUP condemns soldiers’ manhandling of member

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Members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Yaba College of Technology YABATECH Branch, protested yesterday against soldiers from a nearby military formation who manhandled one of their members, which led to the victim losing a tooth.

Though the military authorities and the institution’s administration had waded into the case, with the military offering to foot the victim’s medical bill, the ASUP members, led by their Chairman, Mr Remi Ajiboye, said the union still had to make its stand on such an act known.

According to reports, some soldiers were on campus for a personal reason, and when they were leaving, some students were accused of taking pictures of them.

The students allegedly informed the soldiers that they were taking pictures of their colleagues, not the military. The soldiers were not pleased with the explanation and began harassing the students.

The lecturer, who happened to be nearby, tried to help but was attacked by the soldiers.

Relations between the staff, students, and soldiers have always been amicable, according to Ajiboye, who added that, “We relate well with the soldiers before the incident and I believe the cordial relationship will continue, but we must make our feelings known.

“They are our friends, we go to their officers’ mess to eat. We live like neighbours. It is not good for soldiers to enter a .campus and beat staff or students.

“They saw students taking pictures and the military men assumed the students took their pictures and they attempted to seize the phone.”

According to Ajiboye, the lecturer who intervened, was beaten up by the soldiers and lost a tooth in the process.

He however added that the College’s management reached out to the Army Commander, and the soldiers were arrested, with the soldiers agreeing to pay the victim’s medical bills.

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