Jonathan summons emergency Council meeting as protests spread

As protests and demonstrations broke out in many states yesterday over the deregulation of the pricing of petrol – leading to the death of a protester in Ilorin, Kwara State – President Goodluck Jonathan has called an emergency session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). The agenda for today’s meeting would be on two issues – deregulation and the declaration of state of emergency in 15 local government areas in four states. The Federal Executive Ccouncil had adjourned last month and was supposed to reconvene on January 11 but the state of the nation reportedly prompted the shortened break. The nationwide protests, which began Monday in a few cities across the country, yesterday spread to more locations.


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