Protesting workers of the Lagos State University (LASU) yesterday threw satchet water at the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Obafunwa and his principal officers, as they chased him out of the school premises.
The angry workers, who used their vehicles to block the two gates sang anti-Obafunwa songs while laying siege to the coconut breaking festival, which was part of the convocation ceremony.
At about 9.55am, armed policemen escorted Prof. Obafunwa and other principal officers into the main campus, but the protesting workers followed him and his entourage chanting anti-Obafunwa songs.
At Block 1, housing the vice chancellor and other principal officers’ offices, the protesting workers blocked the entrance and prevented him and others from gaining entrance thus forcing him to address the angry staff that rebuffed him.
The protest took another dimension when the protesting staff started to pelt the vice chancellor and other principal officers with sachets of water, forcing the policemen and campus marshal to hurriedly escort him and others out of the area.
When the protest became uncontrollable, the policemen at about 11.10am were forced again to escort Obafunwa and other principal officers out of the campus through a second gate called the Iba gate.
Other principal officers chased out of the campus included two of his deputies, Prof. Sena Barkare and Prof. Fedelis Njokuoma, the bursar and librarian.
ASUU-LASU Chairman, Dr. Adekunle Idris, SSANU-LASU chairman, Saheed Oseni and NASU-LASU, Albert Agosu, was reported to have said that the protest was against bad leadership, victimization of staff, non-payment of outstanding salary arrears, violation of due process, destruction of staff image in the newspapers, withdrawal of PhD certificates, denial of letters for elected governing council and Senate members