Breaking: Protesters pull down National Assembly gate,
Protesters, led by organised labour, have pulled down the gate of the National Assembly in Abuja.
The protesters, who had Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, leader, Joe Ajaero, and Festus Osifo of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, leading, asked security operatives stationed at the legislative building to open the gates so workers can to talk to the lawmakers.
But the security officials refused. In anger, the protesters pulled down the gates and flooded the assembly complex.
Some officials addressed them.
The Senate Chief Whip, Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South), asked the labour leaders and protesters to call off the nationwide protest and give the Senate one week to address the demands brought before it.
Earlier this morning the National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero alongside other officials of the labour centre assembled at the Unity Fountain at Abuja for the “peaceful protest”.
RPTVBLOG gathered that among leaders of the protest who joined the Labour Leaders are the National President of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Muhammed Ibrahim, representatives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, National Union of Road Transport Workers among others gathered at the location to protest the increment in fuel prices and failure of the President Bola Tinubu administration to reverse some of the policies which the NLC tagged “unfriendly” and “anti-poor.”
It was also gathered that the protesters who converged at the Unity Fountain, located in the heart of Abuja marched to the National Assembly Complex from there.