By Abdulmumin Murtala, Kano
Security agents comprising of police, SSS and NCDC have stopped some angry Nigerians from staging a protest against the increase in the prices of Fuel, Electricity and Value Added Tax in the country.
The protest led by a civil society organization, Joint Action Front, JAF, started as a rally in front of the premises of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ along Farm Center Road Tuesday morning amidst heavy security presence.
In a statement titled “Our Demands”, signed by the chairman, Dr Musa Bashir and the Secretary, Abba Bello Ahmed, the group called on the Federal Government to reverse the price of Fuel from N160:00 to the 2012 price of N86:00 and to also reverse the increase in rates of Electricity and Value Added Tax.
“Immediate and unconditional reversal of the hike in Petrol price from the current of N160:00 to N86:50 price of 2012 , and reversal of the increase in Electricity tariffs and VAT.
“The Government has the responsibility to make our refineries work and build new ones in order to ensure availability of Petroleum products at cheaper and affordable prices.
“Re-engineering of the security apparatus to ensure organized crimes such as terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery are reduced to the barest minimum if not curtailed,” part of the statement reads.
In a hot exchange of words between the protesters and the security agents, the security officers insisted that the protest would not hold lest they get joined by members of the public and disrupt peace in the city.
Although the security could not speak to newsmen on the matter, the protesters declared that the struggle has just began and they called on the NUC and the TUC to stop dragging feet on the matter and rise and ensure that the agreed minimum wage of N30,000 is implemented.
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Tuesday 22nd September