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19 May 2016

NLC strike: police arrest protesters in Abuja

The Nigerian police on Thursday arrested about two members of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) during the union’s nationwide protest in Abuja against the hike in the price of petrol.
The police claimed that the protesters were causing nuisance thereby jeopardizing the security in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), insisting that NLC has no right to stage any protest, as the Industrial Court recently stopped them from embarking on a nationwide strike.
All efforts to speak to the police and the NLC officials proved abortive, as the few police men who were seen refused to speak, while some of the protesters seen with flags denied being members of the labour union.
Meanwhile, Abuja recorded partial compliance with the NLC’s nationwide strike, as civil servants and transporters were spotted going about their normal business and duties.
Emerging reports revealed that NLC was offering money to the residents of FCT in order to cajole them into participating in the ongoing nationwide strike. The report further disclosed that some people turned down the money and shunned the protest, whereas others collected the money but still boycotted the ongoing strike in as much as they believed that strike would completely shut down the country’s economy, which might aggravate the untold hardships in the country.
Meanwhile, NLC’s ongoing strike suffered another heavy blow on Wednesday when the Trade Union Congress (TUC) pulled out of the strike. This came on the heels of the Ajeoro-led faction of NLC, which struck an agreement with the Federal Government to shelve the strike over pump price hike.
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