Scores of students and passerby have been injured as soldiers dispersed protesters who occupied the Ilesa-Akure-Owo highway over prolonged strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The protesting student from various tertiary institutions in the state blocked the highway with canopies and set up a musical stage.

They brought gas and pots for cooking on the highway

A few hours into the protest which entered it’s second day, some soldiers passing through the state approached the student to allow them to pass, the students leader insisted the soldiers would not pass.

This infuriated the soldiers who started firing into the air to disperse the students.

The protesting students fled the scene as passerby and stranded motorists abandoned their vehicles.

All the canopies and musical sets were destroyed while free flow of traffic was restored.

As of press time, the student had begun converging for another protest.

IBIWUNMI ISHOLA

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