According to reports, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has not officially called off its five-month old strike. At the point the false news broke, the meeting was still ongoing.
The National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU was as at presstime still inÂ a marathon meeting at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State capital.
The meeting which started in the afternoon was still on by 10 pm, but many Nigerians, including students and their parents, were hopeful that the strike would be called off.
However, officials of FUTA branch of ASUU manhandled journalists who converged to cover the outcome of the NEC meeting.
There were orders by the branch chairman, Dr. Abdulfatai Jimoh, to bar newsmen from gaining entrance into the university, where the NEC meeting was held.
After much intervention, journalists were allowed entrance but after waiting patiently for some hours, Jimoh gave an order to the journalists to leave the vicinity, which led to assault on some of the journalists.
When journalists refused to leave, especially when they made attempts to confirm social and international media reports that the union has called off the strike, the branch chairman resorted to name calling and hurling insults at journalists, claiming the presence of newsmen was not needed.