October 30, 2014

Video! Ever wonder who designed the iconic “Occupy Nigeria” logo?

A fist of green and black, proud and prominent against a stark white background. The image became synonymous with Nigeria’s largest movement against fuel subsidy removal and corrupt government and now this video by Sahara Reporters reveals the man behind the iconic image. We meet Zakari Ahmadu, the Nigerian teacher who designed the logo for the #OccupyNigeria movement. Ahmadu, a newly wed, was one of the millions of Nigerians who took to the streets to protest the fuel subsidy removal, which was announced on 1 January 2012. Like many Nigerians, the news shocked and angered him, and he alongside his ...

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NAN – Armed policemen in Kaduna to clamp down on fuel price protest

Kaduna – Armed policemen on Saturday in Kaduna took over the Freedom Square, venue of an anticipated protest by a pressure group, Occupy Nigeria, against the recent increase in the pump price of petrol The area which is around the Luggard roundabout, was condoned off by the policemen. Two former governors of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa and Col. Hamid Ali (rtd), would lead a fresh protest against the new N97 per litre of petrol in Kaduna today. A top government official who did not want to be identified said that “the measure taken by the state government is in ...

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Save Nigeria Group calls off victory rally due to security concerns

The Save Nigeria Group, in a statement today, announced that it had called off the “victory rally” that had been scheduled to take place at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Lagos on Saturday. According to the statement, the group’s decision is based on the unprecedented terror attack in Kano in which several police formations and other institutions were rocked by bomb blasts with unspecified number of deaths recorded hours before a planned protest in the city. “This tragic occurrence has made us take more seriously intelligence reports we have received to the effect that militants have been posted to ...

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Sahara Reporters publisher, #OccupyNigeria protesters shut down Minister’s meeting in New York

While some normalcy has returned to the country, “Occupy Nigeria” protesters are yet to fade into the background. In New York, the anger, which fueled millions of protesters and incited a five-day labour-led nationwide strike action, spilled over at a town hall meeting attended by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Professor Viola Adaku Onwuliri, effectively shutting it down. Activists from the Nigeria Liberty Democratic Forum (NDLF) protested at the Town Hall meeting and refused to back down until the New York Police Department was called in an hour later. Many Nigerians are still smarting from the sting of ...

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Labour Strike Day 6: Save Nigeria Group Shuns FG’s N97 Offer

President Goodluck Jonathan in an address to the nation on Monday morning announced that the Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the reduction of pump price of petrol, bring it down from N141 to N97. For the umpteenth time the President highlighted the many benefits of deregulation, but added that the government had considered “the hardships suffered by Nigerians” and come to this compromise. He further called on labour unions to call off the ongoing nationwide strike. Troops were also deployed to protest grounds in major cities to monitor protesters and crackdown on activities. Labour agreed to call off street ...

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Strike Continues Monday; Talks Between Labour/FG Ends Abruptly

The nationwide strike is set to continue on Monday. According to reports, the meeting between Labour leaders and the Federal government today ended abruptly with both sides refusing to compromise. The meeting, presided over by Senate President David Mark, held in the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Saturday night. However, FG and Labour have once again failed to budge on the controversial issue of fuel subsidy removal and subsequent fuel price hikes that have sparked nationwide protests among the struggling masses of the oil-rich nation. Labour leaders are insistent that the government bring the fuel prices back down to N65 ...

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Nigeria Puts Strike on Pause for Ongoing FG/Labour Negotiations

Oil-rich Nigeria is awaiting the results from ongoing negotiations between labour leaders and the Federal Government. Both parties met today in hopes of coming to an agreement on the issue of fuel subsidy and putting an end to the nationwide strike that has so far paralyzed the nation’s economy. A delegation of 17 labour officials led by President of the Nigeria Labour Congress Comrade Abdulwahed Omar and Trade Union Congress President Mr. Peter Esele met at the Presidential Villa for a meeting with the FG. The labour team is insisting on “N65 or nothing” for fuel prices in the country, ...

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Niger Police Arrests over 200 Persons Amid Protest Riots – NAN

The police have arrested more than 200 persons over Wednesday’s riot and attack on Lambatta Police station in Gawu Babangida Local Government Area of Niger, an official said. Atiku Karfur, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 7, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Thursday that 65 suspects were arrested at Lambatta, while attempting to attack the police station. He said although the mob could not attack the station, a senior police officer was injured in the process. Mr. Karfur said the mob failed in the attempt because the police overpowered it ...

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NLC Press Statement Condemns the “Invasion” of its Secretariat in Abuja

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Statement The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) condemns the invasion of its Secretariat, Labour House, Abuja by thugs right under the noses of the police. The thugs numbering about seventy who were hired by government agents, later apologized for their action claiming that they were not told they were being brought to the NLC. They revealed that they were promised One Thousand Naira (N1,000) each to carry out the invasion. Subsequently, they forced the agents that brought them to pay the N1,000 fee right in the presence of the cameras. The aim of the invasion was to ...

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Photo News: Occupy Nigeria Protest Hits London Streets

Nigerians in the diaspora have joined the fight against fuel subsidy removal. In London, Nigerian students and migrants took to the streets to protest the fuel subsidy removal, joining their voices to the millions that have poured out in protests nationwide in Nigeria. The protest was organised by the Student’s Association of Nigerians in the Diaspora (SAND) and drew hundreds of young students and professionals who took their grievances to the Nigerian house in Northumberland in London, where the Nigerian embassy is located. These are some photos PAN gathered from the protests, courtesy of Nkechi Moses. Photos below: ...

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