Eight students of the Lagos State University (LASU), including three females, were on Wednesday charged before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court over an alleged breach of public peace.
The accused are: Olamide Bolarinwa, 23; Oludare Olayinka, 18; Victoria Oni, 18; Timilehin Fatukasi, 19; Babatunde Bolarinwa, 24; Taiwo Ajayi, 24; Olatimihan Taiwo, 20, and Segun Akani, 27.
They are facing a one-count charge of breach of public peace.
The prosecutor, ASP Samson Ekikere, told the court that the accused committed the offence at 5:45 p.m. on June 3, at Ladipo Bus Stop, Oshodi Road, Lagos.
Ekikere said the accused conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of public peace by hijacking a LAGBUS bus, No P004, with registration No. SMK 719 XK, property of the Lagos State Government.
He said that the students, who were protesting the hike in school fees, caused discomfort to motorists plying the route.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 166 (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
If convicted, they are each liable to three months imprisonment.
However, the accused all pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Eniola Fabamwo, granted them bail in the sum of N10, 000 each, with one responsible surety.
She said that the surety must be a blood relative of the accused.
Fabamwo adjourned the case until 6 August, for mention.