Nigerian students planning protest due to hike in petrol and electricity tariffs will be vehemently dealt with — NPF

petrol and electricity tariffs
Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, Inspector General of Police

Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students, South-West Zone D, gave a 5-day ultimatum to the Nigerian Government which expires today September 13, to reverse the hike in petrol and electricity tariffs.

The students had said they will go on a massive protest across South-West states after the 5-day ultimatum elapses and no step is taken by the government to reverse the hike.

However, according to SaharaReporters, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have threatened to heavily pounce on Nigerian students who are planning the protest in Ogun State.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesperson for the Ogun State Police Command, stated this in a statement on Saturday as he warned the students to desist from carrying out the protest.

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He said,

“The decision by any group of students to embark on protest over recent increase in petrol and electricity tariffs is unwarranted and therefore unacceptable to the Ogun State Police Command as it was only on the 8th of September, that is in less than a week now, that NANS executives carried out a protest in Abeokuta over the same issues.

“Consequently, the deliberate and selfishly designed violence-oriented protest planned for Monday 14th September, 2020, is not approved by the Ogun state Police Command, and will be resisted vehemently.

“No group will be allowed to perpetually hold the entire good people of Ogun state in perpetual fear of violence and harm to their persons and property.

“Olawale and his group are hereby advised in their own interest to drop their plan to block any highway in the state, and thereby cause confusion, disturbances and public apprehension. The law is not on their side on this.”

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In the same vein, the PPRO equally affirmed that officers and men of the command had been put on alert in view of the protest.

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