Security bar protest against electricity, petrol price, VAT increment in Kano

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Security agents have stopped some angry citizens from staging a protest against the increment of prices of petroleum, electricity and Value Added Tax, VAT, in the country.

The foiled protest, organised by by a civil society organization, under the auspices of Joint Action Forum, JAF started as a rally in front of the premises of the Kano Council of Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ, in the state metropolis, on Tuesday.

However, it was gathered that as few members of the group started gathering at the NUJ premises, the combined security operatives, comprising of Police, SSS and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence, NSCDC, stopped them from going ahead with the demonstration.

The group, therefore distributed a written statement on the reasons for the protest to some journalists present.

In a statement, titled “Our Demands”, jointly signed by its Chairman, Dr Musa Bashir and the Secretary, Abba Bello Ahmed, the group called on the federal government to reverse the price of fuel from N160 to N86 as sold in 2012.

They also called on the government to reverse the increase in rates of electricity and Value Added Tax.

“Immediate and unconditional reversal of the hike in petrol price from the current N160:00 to N86:50 price of 2012, and reversal of the increase in electricity tariffs and VAT.

“The government has the responsibility to make our refineries work and build new ones in order to ensure availability of petroleum products at cheaper and affordable prices.

“Re-engineering of the security apparatus to ensure organized crimes such as terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery are reduced to the barest minimum if not curtailed” part of the statement reads.

Although the security could not speak to newsmen on the matter, the protesters declared that the struggle just began and they called on the NUC and the TUC to stop dragging feet on the matter and rise and ensure that the agreed minimum wage of N30,000 is implemented.

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