Subsidy Protests: Protesters break down NASS gate, force way into premises


The protest by the Organised Labour against the “anti-people” policies of the President Bola Tinubu administration is getting intense as protesters broke down the first gate of the National Assembly (NASS) complex in Abuja and forced their way into the premises.

Earlier, the protesters led by the leaders of the Organised Labour, Joe Ajaero of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Festus Osifo of the Trade Union Congress asked security operatives stationed at the legislative building to open the gates to allow the angry workers to express their displeasure. But failure of the security officials to adhere, angry protesters pulled down the gates and thronged into the assembly complex to vent their anger.

The protesters subsequently moved to the second gate of the Assembly Complex.

Meanwhile, Senate President Godswill Akpabio is expected to address the protesters ahead of Wednesday’s screening of ministerial nominees.

Earlier, the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, told newsmen at the Unity Fountain that there is “nothing stopping the protest, not even an overture from the government.”

He said that the organised labour won’t shelve the protest until there is a desired response from the government.

Ajaero said the response from the states will determine “whether the protest will be from today, or tomorrow or next or till thy kingdom come, it is not by using force.”

“We are here for the protest and to make a statement that since we started negotiation, that there is nothing we have in our hands,” he added.

Recall that the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, had on Tuesday, warned against “violent mass protests” across the country.

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