Four Protesters Arrested, Beaten at University of Ibadan Over Tuition Hike Protest

University of Ibadan security personnel arrested four individuals, including activist Femi Adeyeye, during a protest against a 750% tuition fee increase. The protesters were handed over to Operation Burst soldiers in Oyo State, sparking further tensions between students and university authorities.

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Four Protesters Arrested, Beaten at University of Ibadan Over Tuition Hike Protest

Four Protesters Arrested, Beaten at University of Ibadan Over Tuition Hike Protest

On Monday, security personnel at the University of Ibadan arrested four individuals, including activist Femi Adeyeye, Aduwo Ayodele, and Nice Linus, during a protest against the recent tuition fee increase. The protesters were taken into custody at the university's security post and handed over to Operation Burst soldiers in Oyo State.

Why this matters: The University of Ibadan's decision to raise tuition fees by up to 750% has far-reaching implications for access to education in Nigeria, and the violent response to the protests raises concerns about the suppression of free speech and assembly. As the cost of education continues to rise, it may exacerbate existing social and economic inequalities, potentially leading to a decline in educational attainment and social mobility.

The protest was sparked by the university's decision in April to raise tuition fees for new students by up to 750%. The updated fees, ranging from N133,500 to N372,500 depending on the courses, were displayed on the students' portal, prompting outrage from the student community.

The UI Students' Union Executive Council, led by Samuel Samson Tobiloba, strongly condemned the tuition hike and urged an immediate reversal. "We note with concern that this increment represents about 450% to 750% of the previous bundle fee which ranged from about N20,000 to N30,000," the student union stated. They advised fresh students to exercise patience and not rush to pay the new fees.

The student union also requested a meeting with the university management to resolve the issue, stating, "We are also requesting for a meeting with the University Management towards resolving this issue." However, attempts to contact the school administration for comments on the situation have been unsuccessful so far.

The arrest and alleged beating of the protesters, including prominent activist Femi Adeyeye, has further escalated tensions between students and the university authorities. As of now, the arrested individuals remain in the custody of Operation Burst soldiers, while the student community continues to demand a resolution to the tuition fee crisis.

Key Takeaways

  • University of Ibadan raises tuition fees by up to 750% for new students.
  • Students, including activist Femi Adeyeye, protest and are arrested by security personnel.
  • Arrested protesters are handed over to Operation Burst soldiers in Oyo State.
  • Student union condemns tuition hike and demands reversal, citing 450-750% increase.
  • Arrests and alleged beatings escalate tensions between students and university authorities.