Hardship: Group leads protests in Lagos despite police warning

By Nudoiba Ojen

Protest over the soaring price of food and the high cost of living in the country held on the streets of Lagos on Monday.

They were led by a human rights group identified as the “Take It Back Movement”.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade, who had on Sunday issued warning against protest, had assured that police would ensure that necessary measures were put in place for the safety of the lives and property of Lagosians.

The protesters carried placards of various inscriptions at Ojuelegba under the bridge area of the state to make their grievances known on the current economic hardship across the country.

The TIB National Coordinator, Juwon Sanyaolu, said the protest was a demonstration of the people’s will against oppressive tendencies and hardship.

He said, “Yes, despite police attempts to frustrate the people, Lagosians stood their ground. The police are paid by taxpayers’ money, they are meant to secure us.

“We were able to march from Yaba Labour House to Maryland. The protest will continue tomorrow and updates will be given. We will join NLC in their nationwide mass action to put an end to this hardship created by the ruling elite.

“The Bola Tinubu-led government must immediately reverse the fuel subsidy removal, the floating of naira and other policies of the International Monetary Fund imposed on Nigerians.”

Also present at the protest were members of other civil society organisations such as the Joint Action Front and the Coalition for Revolution.

Police officers with vans and officers of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps were also seen following the protesters.

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