The police have deployed an anti-riot squad in preparation for protests organized by NLC scheduled for today

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The Nigeria Police Force has taken preemptive measures by deploying anti-riot operatives in strategic locations across the country in anticipation of the nationwide protest organized by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to highlight the economic challenges facing the nation.

Contrary to speculation, the force clarified that the deployment was not in response to any suspicion of a coup plot, debunking such rumors as baseless and unfounded. Acting swiftly, the force spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, emphasized that the police are on red alert to ensure the safety and security of all citizens during the planned demonstrations.

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The NLC’s decision to proceed with the protest, despite warnings from the Presidency and police authorities, underscores the urgency of addressing the economic hardships faced by Nigerians. Led by President Joe Ajaero, the NLC is demanding the implementation of agreements reached with the government following the removal of the fuel subsidy in October 2023.

In light of these developments, the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has directed state commissioners of police to safeguard protesters’ rights while maintaining law and order. While recognizing the importance of peaceful protest, the police remain vigilant against any attempts to hijack the demonstrations for malicious purposes.

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Expressing solidarity with the NLC’s cause, various civil society groups, including the Labour Civil Society Front, have thrown their support behind the protest. They emphasize that their endorsement is driven by a shared commitment to addressing the widespread suffering and impoverishment inflicted by government policies.

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In preparation for the rallies, police commands in states such as Delta, Benue, Niger, and Bayelsa have engaged with labor leaders to ensure a peaceful and orderly protest. Security measures have been heightened to protect public assets and maintain social harmony, with warnings issued against any form of violence or disruption.

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As the nation braces for these demonstrations, stakeholders stress the importance of constructive dialogue between the government and labor unions to address the root causes of economic hardship and chart a path towards sustainable development.

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