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Nationwide Strike Day 3: FG Remains Adamant


.Violent Protests In Niger

. FG Says It Won’t Revert To N65/Litre

. INEC Office Torched

. 24-hour curfew imposed

The ongoing nationwide strike in Nigeria entered its third day on Wednesday as businesses remained shut for the third day running in protest of the removal of the subsidy on petrol and the subsequent increase in its pump price.

The protests continued in Abuja despite allegations that some of the protesters who passed the night in one of the public squares were attacked around 1 am.

In Ibadan, the Oyo State capital where a 7 to 7 curfew is still in operation, youths started trooping out as early as 7 am. Making of bonfires resumed at most major roads soon after. The few vehicles that came out were turned back by the protesters.

The protesters on Ring Road told occupants of the few vehicles that came out to go back home and sleep if they cannot join the protest.

In Minna, Niger State, the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission was set ablaze by angry protesters. The campaign office of the Governor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu too was burnt down. The same fate befell the office of the State Chairman of the PDP, Tanko Beji. Street Journal gathered that a Ghana Must Go bag was discovered in the office and when it was found to contain money, it was carted away by some of the protesters. The irate mob did not spare the residence of Senator Dalhatu Awasu Kuta. Efforts by the police to quell the riot yielded little effort as the protesters attempted to burn the residence of Governor Aliyu’s mother.

A police inspector was killed in the melee that occurred as the rioters clashed with men of the police. It took a combined team of police and soldiers to disperse them.

The office of Hajiya Jumai Jafaru, a member of the Niger House of Assembly too was burnt.

The state government imposed a 24 hour curfew which took immediate effect in Minna in order to prevent further breakdown of law and order.

Meanwhile, after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, the Federal Government made it known that it was not going to revert the pump price of petrol to N65 per litre. Information Minister, Labaran Maku who addressed newsmen after the meeting accused labour leaders of inflicting more pains on Nigerians with the nationwide strike, mass rallies and public protests over the removal of fuel subsidy. He also said President Goodluck Jonathan should be praised rather than being vilified for the subsidy removal. ‘’If we want the President to succeed, I believe he should be praised for for taking the decision rather than being crucified”, the Minister said.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has given the Federal Government till Friday to revert to the old prices, the failure of which the association would shut down oil production in the country.


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