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article imageBBC, CNN offices in Lagos invaded by Nigerian security agents

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jan 16, 2012 in World
Lagos - The BBC and the CNN have asked that the Nigerian authorities explain why agents of the Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) invaded their offices in Lagos and demanded that they stop reporting on the protests over removal of fuel subsidy.
The Punch reports that plain-cloth security agents invaded the offices of BBC and CNN at about noon on Monday. According to Sahara Reporters, the security agents arrested Christian Purefoy but released him later when he told them he was no longer with the CNN. CNN's visiting correspondent Nima Elbagir, was invited for an interview with the SSS.
Jonathan wields the big stick
According to Sahara Reporters, soldiers forcefully dispersed protesters in Lagos on Monday, shooting live rounds over their heads and causing panic as protesters ran for safety. Several protesters had marched out early on Monday to express their rejection of the reduction of fuel prices from 141 Naira per liter to 97 Naira.
Soldiers prevented Femi Falana, a leading human rights activist and lawyer in Lagos, from reaching the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, Lagos where protesters have been gathering for demonstrations. The soldiers had descended on the park late on Sunday and dismantled the public address systems set up by the Save Nigeria Group (SNG). Another group of activists led by Bamidele Aturu and Abiodun Aremu of the Joint Action Force (JAF), marched along Ikorodu road until soldiers began shooting over their heads.
A crowd of young people gathered around the "shrine" of the popular musician Femi Kuti, son of the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, chanting protest songs and vowing to march on Ojota in spite of the presence of armed soldiers.
Digital Journal reported that the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) on Monday called off the almost week long strike hours after President Goodluck Jonathan announced the reduction of pump price of petrol to 97 Naira per liter from 141 Naira. According to a statement by the NLC: “Even though the (price) reduction was done unilaterally, we are going to explore the Belgore committee...We are going to lay our cards on the table.”
Digital Journal reports that the Jonathan administration has become very jittery about the possibility of a large scale civil uprising following the successfully mobilization of Nigerians, especially youths, by the Occupy Nigeria Movement.
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