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Protest In Nigeria Major Cities

Many Nigerian cities are on a lockdown as a result of the general strike over the removal of fuel subsidy and mass protests by angry Nigerians.

Reports said the strike has been effective across the entire country as many offices were shut.

Filling stations, schools and eateries are also shut while many roads are blocked.

Mass protests were also recorded in Lagos, Ado-Ekiti, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Minna, Asaba, Port Harcourt, Nasarawa, among others.

In Kano, a police vehicle was burnt after policemen shot at protesters.

Soldiers unsuccessfully tried to stop the mass protests in Nasarawa.

In Asaba, the Delta State capital, protesters marched to the Government House and demanded to see Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan. The governor instead sent the Secretary to the State Government, Ovuozorie Macaulay, to address them.

Two groups of protesters marched to the corporate headquarters of Punch Nigeria Limited in Magboro, Ogun State, demanding the restoration of the subsidy.

One of the groups carried an effigy of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The protesters said there would be no peace in the country until the restoration of the subsidy.

Protesters on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway stopped vehicles conveying passengers to other parts of the country and molested their occupants. Some of the drivers had to move their vehicles to a filling station on the expressway for safety.

Eyewitnesses said policemen in a vehicle with registration number RS101LA shot and attached to Ogba Police Station killed one protester and injured three others at Yaya Abatan Street in Ogba, Lagos State.

A picture said to be that of the dead man is currently circulating on Facebook. A posting on Facebook gave the dead victim’s name as Ademola Aderinto.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has appealed for calm.

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, who spoke on behalf of government, said in a posting on his Facebook page that the Federal Government was not happy with the unfolding situation.

Maku wrote, “I am using this platform to urge Nigerians who are currently demonstrating over the deregulation of the downstream oil industry to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner. They should respect constituted authority and show maturity and patriotism. Nigeria belongs to all of us and as I keep on saying neither the President nor any member of his goverrnment is happy over the unfolding events.

“Let us give peace a chance and support the patriotic intentions of Mr. President. As a leader who enjoys the overwhelming mandate of Nigerians across all tribes, religions and regions, the President would not do anything to bring untold hardship on Nigerians. However, as a leader who means well for the nation, he has to make certain decisions, which in the long run will return the country to the path of sustainable development and progress.”

Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, appeared on Channels Television, saying the government meant well by removing the subsidy on petroleum products.

Source: punch

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