FUEL SUBSIDY STRIKE DAY 2

LIVE UPDATES:

ABUJA: 11.15AM…The Senate begins sitting over the on-going situation in the country. Anti-fuel subsidy removal rally commences at the popular Berger Junction with labour leaders from both the NLC and TUC directing affairs. The rally moves from the Berger Junction towards the wuse market, the same route followed on Monday. The few vehicles on the streets carry green leaves as solidarity with the protesters. There is a heavy presence of security officials in anti-riot gear, with some holding dogs. Protesters are using loud speakers to play music of late musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. From Area One down to Area Ten, Wuse and Wuse II and as far as Maitama and Asokoro, shops are all closed; while no petrol station opened. After a bustle of activity early in the day, including some movement of vehicles, the Abuja-Lokoja highway linking the nation’s capital to the South has again been blocked

LAGOS: 15.17…Lagos State Government has said it will prosecute Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Olusegun Fabunmi, who killed citizen, Ademola Aderinola Abiodun at the Pen Cinema area of Lagos on Monday. Attorney General of Lagos, Mr. Adeola Ipaye, said the state had started gathering facts on the matter.

KANO: 15.05…The heavy police presence in the city has reduced as policemen have been withdrawn from most locations except a few places like the Government House, the Emir’s Palace and market places. However, in spite of the absence of police, most major roads in the city have remained deserted with most people staying indoors.

CALABAR: 14.40…On day two of the nationwide anti-fuel subsidy removal strike by labour, residents of Calabar, Cross River State felt the effect of the protest as economic and commercial activities were grounded unlike in the first day of the exercise on Monday. Petrol filling stations, markets, commercial banks, restaurants, government offices and other concerns did not open for business as labour leaders went about warning of drastic measures against those out to sabotage the strike meant to arm twist the Federal Government to revert to the pump price of N65 a litre.

LAGOS: 13.05…A commercial bus kills two people in Ketu area of Lagos. According to eyewitnesses, incident happened when the bus driver ran into a commercial motorcycle while trying to avoid a huge bonfire allegedly set up by protesters.

KANO: 12.50…The Nigeria Labour Congress in Kano has suspended the strike action. Although no reason has yet been given it might not be unconnected to the violent incidences on Monday which led to the death of one protester and the injury to a number of others. The government has already imposed a 14-hour curfew in an effort to curb the violence. Meanwhile, Nigeria Airforce helicopter can be seen hovering over the city, which is still like a ghost town as residents stayed indoors.

KADUNA: 12.09…Kaduna State government has commended the citizens of the state for carrying out their protests in a peaceful manner. The Commissioner of Information, Alhaji Saidu Adamu, who stated this in on a live interview on the state owned radio station, said Nigerians have a right to express their grievances over issues that affect them. He, however, cautioned against acts that are capable of causing crisis in the state.

IBADAN: 12.05…Protesters have marched along major streets in the Oyo State capital, which has also seen very little commercial activity as the call by labour to strike was heeded. The protesters were accompanied by a number of musicians who played music as they marched.

PORT HARCOURT: 12NOON…Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi says Rivers State is willing to subsidise fuel in the state.
In a state wide broadcast the governor said fuel would sell for N137 per litre and a committee would be set up to ensure compliance.

LAGOS: 11.34…A crowd much larger than that witnessed on Monday, marched through Murtala Mohammed Way to Oyingbo where angry youths attempted to vent their anger on officials of the Lagos State Police Command, who ran for safety.

KADUNA: 1130AM…Business and commercial activities remained grounded as residents stayed indoors. The streets are deserted except for a few vehicles and youths moving round from the Central Market along Ahmadu Bello Way and other adjourning streets. Police were also seen in strategic places within the city.

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