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Pandemonium As One Die In Lagos Okada Riders, Police Officers’ Clash

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Pandemonium broke out around Santos Avenue, Abule Egba, Lagos State, on Tuesday when police officers enforcing a ban on motorcycles in the state clashed with riders.

The Lagos State Police Command, in a post on its official X handle, explained that the officers were attacked by the motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada riders, in a bid to stop them from enforcing the ban.

According to the post, the officers justifiably used teargas to disperse the crowd and preserve their lives.

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The post said: “A passenger in a tricycle, witnessing the use of teargas ahead, panicked and jumped out of the tricycle.

“Sadly, an approaching Leyland tipper, with registration number AAB 376 CB, being driven recklessly, ran over her.

“The driver of the tipper abandoned the scene while the vehicle had been recovered. Contact has also been established with the family of the deceased. Meanwhile, full investigation into the incident has commenced.”

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Hardship: Workers Begin Protest In Ondo

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Hundreds of civil servants took to the streets of Akure, the Ondo State capital on Tuesday to protest current economic hardship in the country.

The protest was based on the directives of the national body of the Nigeria Labour Congress.

The peaceful protest is ongoing along the major roads in the capital city while the protesters are chanting various solidarity songs.

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They also wielded placards with different inscriptions such as, “Stop the hunger, lower food prices,’ ‘Fix the local refineries end, oil subsidy,’ ‘Tax the rich, subsidise for the poor, and ‘ ‘End naira devaluation, support local production’ among others.

Security operatives were seen around the town to ensure that hoodlums do not hijack the protest

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JUST IN: Joe Ajaero Leads NLC Protest In Abuja

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NLC President, Joe Ajaero, Leads Protest In Abuja.

The Nigeria Labour Congress and other related unions have commenced their protest in Abuja over the high cost of living, inflation, insecurity, and hardship in the country.

The protest started from the Labour House Headquarters in Abuja at exactly 9:36 am.

Unions taking part in the protest include the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, the FCT Council, the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, and the Nigeria Union of Teachers and Construction Workers’ Union, among others.

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Also present at the national protest is a former Nigeria Country Director, ActionAid, Ene Obi; presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore among others.

The protesters were seen wielding placards with inscriptions such as “#End Poverty and Hunger. Support Local Industries#,” “Fix Local Refineries End Subsidy#;” “#End Naira Devaluation; Tax the Rich Subsidise the poor#” to make their grievances known on the current economic hardship across the country.

Addressing journalists before the protest started, the NLC President, Joe Ajaero said, “The government said we should not do rally. They used peaceful means and threats but we are in God’s hands.

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“We are here for a rally so that Mr President will know how Nigerians feel and know where it is pinching us.”

There have been a series of protests across the country over the cost of living among Nigerians.

The NLC and the Trade Union Congress had on February 8 issued a 14-day nationwide strike notice to the government over the failure to implement the agreements reached on October 2, following the removal of the fuel subsidy.

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The Federal Government’s failure to fulfil its promises after the 14-day ultimatum by Labour will be met with a two-day nationwide protest.

Organised labour, had last week Monday begun mobilising its members for a nationwide protest slated for February 27 and 28 over the cost of living crisis in the country.

However, barely 24 hours after the planned protests, the TUC said that it was not part of the planned protests declared by the NLC, noting that the decision to protest on February 27 and 28 as announced by the NLC was not taken collectively by both unions.

A last-minute meeting called by the Federal Government on Monday night to avert the proposed nationwide protest ended in a deadlock.

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JUST IN: Bayelsa NLC Protests Economic Hardship In Yenagoa

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Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Bayelsa State are currently protesting the high cost of living in the country in Yenagoa, the state capital.

They are marching towards the Government House gate in the state capital.

Policemen are providing protection for the NLC protesters to prevent hoodlums from hijacking the rally.

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