Fuel, electricity hike: Mixed reactions as protesters, journalists arrested

Fuel, electricity hike: Mixed reactions as protesters, journalists arrested

- Police have arrested protesters in Abuja

- The arrested people are protesting against the insensitive increase in petrol pump price and electricity tariffs

- Journalists were also arrested for daring to cover the event

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Security men in Lagos have descended on protesters for protesting against an increase in the petrol pump price and electricity tariffs.

Also, journalists were also arrested in the clampdown. The journalists were legitimately carrying out their assigned duties by covering the protest when the instrument of government was deployed against them.

"PoliceNG Arrest SaharaReporters, Punch and Premium Times Journalists Covering A Protest Against Fuel Price Hike, Electricity Tariff . Over 20 members of the Socialist Party Of Nigeria were also arrested at the protest ground," Sahara Reporters tweeted.

Many Nigerians, have however condemned the clampdown on protesters. Others are calling for broader participation.

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Fuel, electricity hike: Protesters, journalists arrested

Security men in Abuja have descended on protesters for protesting against increase in the petrol pump price and electricity tariffs
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"There will be a massive protest and I will be part of it. It will be national. We are responding to this govt’s inhuman policies and punishment of the citizens," a Twitter user, Henry Shield wrote.

On her part, Victoriastar wrote: "And they expect the country to move forward. I laugh in their faces. One thing we must know is that this country is upside down nothing is ever as it seems. They arrest yahoo guys but they are the biggest scammers."

Ofure Aito wrote: "Really? How does a journalist with microphone now turn gunfighter? Why are the police not arresting insurgents instead of peaceful activists against oppression?"

Just for God added: "This regime is something else. They are using their power lockdown democracy in Nigeria. So ashamed of the police force for arresting and disrupting a move that will benefit them and their families."

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"Oh! now I see the real reason Nigerians preferred to watch BBNaija than protest the awkward overnight hike in VAT, fuel pump price, electricity tariffs, upon the COVID-19 economic setbacks and the enormous China loans incurred by the govt. with no tangible achievements to show," E.J said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) told the Buhari administration that Nigerians cannot survive the recent increase in the petrol pump price and electricity tariffs.

The spokesperson for the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, pointed out that the increment was coming at a time when many citizens were struggling to cope with the economic challenges in the country.

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