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article imageVideo: Nigerian police officers protest fuel subsidy removal?

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jan 5, 2012 in World
Ikeja - The police have denied reports that its officers staged a protest against removal of fuel subsidy in Lagos. A statement by the police command in Lagos denied the report. But a video footage of the alleged protest has been posted online (see video above).
According to the report by Digital Journal, "An unexpected twist in the mass protests against removal of fuel subsidy left Lagosians stunned. A group of police officers numbering about 200 staged a peaceful demonstration against removal of fuel subsidy early on Tuesday morning."
A statement by the police command in Lagos denied the media reports, saying it was a "calculated attempt to cast aspersion on the good image of the command."
The Nigerian Observer reports that the police command in Lagos said "there was no iota of truth" in the story that police officers staged a protest in Lagos. The police described the report as "false and malicious," and called on media organizations to always cross check their facts before going to the press.
The statement said :
“The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to the publication on the front page of one of the National Daily newspapers that policemen protested in Lagos. The command is refuting this allegation in its entirety that there is no iota of truth in the said publication and nothing of that nature happened in any part of Lagos. There was no time any Deputy Commissioner of Police descended on Policemen monitoring the protest”.
According to the police command in Lagos, the police were only performing their duty by dispersing criminals and hoodlums who wanted to hijack a protest march when it got to Ojota. The statement wondered how it could be claimed that police officers monitoring the activities of protesters were themselves protesting. The statement said:
“The truth of the matter is that when the protesters got to Ojota, criminals wanted to hijack the protest and in order to avoid violence, police had to disperse them. Policemen monitoring the activities of the protesters could not be said to be protesting because they were maintaining peace at that material time."
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