Protesters storm Osogbo over electricity tariff, fuel hike

Protesters storm Osogbo over electricity tariff, fuel hike

- Some civil society groups have protested the hike in fuel price and electricity tariff in Osun state

- The protesters stormed Osogbo, the capital of the state, to register their displeasure over the hike

- The federal government had on Wednesday, September 2, increased the pump price of petrol

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Barely two days after the increase in electricity tariff and fuel price, members of the coalition for civil societies on Friday, September 4, stormed Osogbo, the capital of Osun state, to protest the new development.

Sahara Reporters reports that the protesters took off from Freedom Park, Osogbo, around 8:30 am.

Legit.ng gathered that the protesters who expressed displeasure said the “approval of new electricity tariff and increment in the pump price of petrol is the highest level of insensitivity and wickedness from President Muhammad Buhari-led All Progressives Congress government.”

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The protesters displayed placards with different inscriptions showing their displeasure over the increase in electricity tariff and petrol price.

The Petroleum Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had, on Wednesday, September 2, increased the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) to N151.56 per litre from N138.62 per litre but later reduced it to N147.67.

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Protesters storm Osogbo to register their displeasure over electricity tariff, fuel hike. Credit: The Nation.
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The ex-depot price is the price at which the product is sold to marketers at the depots.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government on Wednesday, September 2, came under fire from various groups over the hike in the ex-depot price of petrol.

It was reported that the spokesman of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said the latest development was the fallout of the fake promises made to the electorate by APC to assume power over five years ago.

Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) condemned the increase in the pump price of petrol, saying it was unfortunate that Nigerians were continuously being made to pay for the inefficiencies of the government and its agencies.

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In another report, a former senator from Kogi, Dino Melaye, vehemently decried the federal government's order for the increase of petrol price to N151.56 per litre which has already taken effect in some states.

On his Twitter page, Melaye described the move as wicked and insensitive and went on to say that at a time like this, the decision will affect Nigerians negatively.

The government's position has fuelled a lot of backlash from prominent Nigerians like Melaye and even political groups such as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which the former outspoken lawmaker belongs to.

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