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Police arrest anti-fuel price, electricity tariff hike protesters; Socialist Party kicks

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Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested members of Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) protesting fuel price and electricity tariff hike in Lagos on Thursday.

The protesters were  seen with placards expressing their displeasure over the recent increase in petroleum price and electricity tariff by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.

The protesters were arrested around the Ojuelegba axis of Lagos.

Photos published by ElombahNews earlier showed the protesters moments before they were assaulted and arrested by the Police operatives.

The report also stated that some 18 persons were arrested, including four journalists whose gadgets were also seized.

The were arrested by armed policemen while covering a peaceful protest on the fuel price increase in Lagos.

The arrested journalists were identified as Ifeoluwa Adediran, Abiodun Ayeoba, Awoniyi Oluwatosin and Daniel Tanimu.

One of the leaders of the protest and the National Youth Leader of SPN, Hassan Soweto decried the attack on the protesters.

He posted on social media: “We have just been arrested alongside several members of the Socialist Party of Nigeria and journalists for protesting this morning against fuel price hike, electricity tariff, and deregistration of SPN.

“I am typing this message at the back of a police van taking us to Area C, Police Command, Lagos.”

In reaction, the National Organising Secretary of SPN, Dimeji Macaulay condemned the assault on the attackers in a statement.

He said: “We condemn this attack as part of the continuous descent of the country into a brutish state of military repression.

“It is completely unacceptable, and we enjoin all Nigerians interested in preserving this country’s hard-earned democracy to condemn this emboldened descent into a civilian-military dictatorship.

“We demand a public apology from the police for this ridiculous and unprofessional action taking against our comrades, and we ask that proper disciplinary measures be taken on those security officers involved.

“It’s important for you to note that Demonstrations and protests are a global phenomenon and are a part of the development of any society.”

He identified some of those arrested as Dagga Tolar, Ayo Ademiluyi, Chinedu Bosah, Lexan Ali, Fidel Davynovich, Oluwole Engels, Soweto, and eight others.

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