by ‘Ifreke Inyang
Nigerians took to the streets of Lagos, Kaduna, Ibadan and other cities around the country to protest the recent removal of fuel subsidy.
In Lagos, the procession took place on Ikorodu road, starting from the Nigeria Labour Congress office in Yaba. The protesters moved from Jibowu through Fadeyi towards Maryland on Ikorodu. They held placards and chanted against the government. On several points on the major road, there were bonfires. At the Independence Tunnel, JAF’s Abiodun Aremu addressed the protesters who sat on the road. The protest terminated at the Gani Fawehinmi Park at Ojota, Lagos, where the late activist’s wife addressed the crowd.
The news about the rally spread through social networks and Blackberry Messenger. And there were rumours that telecommunications outfits were ordered to shut down the service. According to Gbenga Sesan who tweets with the handle @gbengasesan, “I can confirm that there was NO directive from the Nigerian Communications Commission asking telcos to shut down BIS services. #FuelSubsidy”.
The protesters have now dispersed as police men and women watch, but no further steps for civil disobedience were announced.
YNaija was at the protest LIVE and will bring you more reports as events unfold.