Soldiers move in as rioters burn INEC office in Minna

Day Three of the nationwide strike and protests against the withdrawal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government turned out to be a violent one as rioters burnt down the Minna, Niger State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Soldiers were called in as the rioters also burnt the campaign office of Governor Babangida Mua’zu Aliyu and killed a police inspector who was said to be appealing to them not to carry out their action. He was stoned to death. The convoy of Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Iliyasu Bashar, ran into the protesters who mistook him for the Kebbi State Governor Saidu Dakingari and attacked his vehicles. No one was injured. Obviously reacting to the reports of violence across the country, the Federal Government yesterday warned protesters that they would face the law. A statement signed by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, warned people against engaging in criminal activities under the guise of participating in the on-going demonstration against the subsidy removal policy of the government. “While the government recognises the right of Nigerians to peaceful demonstration, it will not fold its arms or stand idly by, while the current situation deteriorates into a state of general insecurity,” the statement said.

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