Police warned NLC against vioIence ahead of two days planned protest

The police authorities have emphasized their stance against any violent actions during the upcoming two-day organized Labor demonstration, which is aimed at protesting the challenging living conditions and high cost of living in the country. The police issued a strict warning on Sunday to deter potential disorder.

The police alert is being issued in light of the concerns expressed by the African Development Bank about the potential for social instability in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Angola, and Kenya due to the increasing prices of fuel and other goods.

In its 2024 macroeconomic performance and outlook, the AfDB cautioned that Africa’s economy is expected to show stronger growth than the 3.2 per cent seen in 2023.

It stated, “Internal conflicts and violence could also result from rising prices for fuel and other commodities due to weaker domestic currencies and reforms.

“For instance, the removal of fuel subsidies in Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria and the resulting social costs has led to social unrest driven by opposition to government policy.”

Ahead of the protests, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade, on Sunday, held a meeting with labour leaders at the command headquarters.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, informed one of our reporters that the union has guaranteed that the protest will be conducted in accordance with the law.

He mentioned that a group of officers will be present to ensure compliance with the law and order.

Hundeyin said, “We have no fears. The Commissioner of Police met with NLC and TUC today and we had a lengthy discussion. We are certain that there won’t be a breakdown of law and order.

‘’But notwithstanding, we will be on the ground to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order.”

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