Police warn Ogun students against protesting petrol, electricity tariff price hike

Muhammed Adamu, Inspector General of Police (IGP).

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has warned students in Ogun State to desist from their planned protest of the recent price hike on petrol and electricity tariff.

The force gave the warning in a Saturday statement by the state command, saying it will deal with anyone found disrupting peace in the State.

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Members of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) South-West zone D are expected to demonstrate tomorrow over the recent increase earlier this month.

But Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesperson for the Ogun State Police Command, says such action will not be allowed.

“The decision by any group of students to embark on protest over recent increase in fuel prices 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,” Mr Oyeyemi said.

“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,” the force spokesman added.

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