Police Seal NLC Office in Lagos, Planning to Thwart Nationwide Protests

Police Seal NLC Office in Lagos, Planning to Thwart Nationwide Protests

by Victor Ndubuisi

The Nigeria Police Force has closed the Nigeria Labour Congress’s (NLC) office in Lagos State in an effort to prevent the organisation from holding its planned statewide protest over economic hardship.

Set for February 27 and 28, the protest was intended to draw attention to the pervasive poverty and hunger that Nigerians experience.

Hassan Taiwo, an activist and national coordinator for the Education Rights Campaign (ERC), posted an image of armed police officers outside the NLC headquarters in the Yaba neighbourhood of Lagos State on Monday morning.

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Taiwo claimed that several allies were locked up inside the structure, unsure of what was to come.


Due to the widespread hardship, the NLC gave the Nigerian government a 14-day ultimatum, which prompted the formation of the planned protest.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), as well as the Department of State Services (DSS) issued warnings to cancel the demonstration, but the NLC was certain that it would go forward.

The NLC highlighted its right to peaceful protest while accusing the government of planning to attack peaceful demonstrations and claiming that specific parties were responsible for inciting violence against protestors.

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The organisation voiced concerns about a state-sponsored terror deployment and cautioned against violently suppressing dissent or attacking nonviolent protestors.

The NLC is nevertheless committed to carrying out the planned protest in spite of these worries.



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