Despite Police Warning, Protesters Storm Lagos Streets

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BARELY twenty-four hours before the commencement of the two-day protest called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), a human rights group identified as the “Take It Back Movement” stormed the streets of Lagos to protest against the soaring prices of food and the high cost of living in the country.

This protest was held against the warning issued by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade, on Sunday.

The protesters were seen carrying placards of various inscriptions at Ojuelegba under the bridge area of the state to make their grievances known on the current economic hardship across the country.

The NLC is scheduled to embark on a similar exercise tomorrow. The decision of the labour body has however elicited disapproval from key government bodies including the Nigeria Police Force as well as the Department of State Security Services (DSS), both of whom have warned against staging the protest.  

Also, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice,  Mr Lateef Fagbemi had last week written Mr Femi Falana, counsel to the NLC, pointing out that the action would be contemptuous of a court order if carried out.  

The NLC has however vowed to carry through with the protest.  

 

Eighteen-Eleven Media 

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