Ogun police threaten showdown with NANS over planned protest
The Ogun State Police Command said it would deal decisively with any student involved in the planned protest by National Association of Nigerian Students, South West Zone, over the recent hike in fuel prices and electricity tariff.
The students had given the federal government a five-day ultimatum which expires on Sunday to reverse the hike in the prices of fuel and electricity tariff.
Reacting to the plan, the Ogun police command said it had received an intelligence that some disgruntled elements were bent on disturbing public peace in some parts of the state, starting from next week Monday.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
The statement partly read, “It threatens to unleash mayhem in Ogun State after the expiration of the ultimatum on Sunday, 13th September 2020.
“The students planned to block all major highways, including the Lagos-Ibadan and Lagos-Benin Expressways, recruit miscreants, street urchins, hoodlums, expelled, suspended and perpetual students over-running their courses at tertiary institutions in Ogun State and other states from the South-West, to swell their ranks and ensure their desired objective of spreading violence in the State beginning from Monday 14th September is achieved.
“The decision by any group of students to embark on protest over recent increase in fuel prices and electricity tariff is unwarranted and therefore unacceptable to the Ogun State Police Command.
“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 properties.”
He urged parents and guardians to call their children and wards to order, saying “a word is enough for the wise”.
Credit: Ogun state updates