Nigerian General Strike: Police arrests union leaders, journalists and others

Johannes Schneider Johannes.Schneider at
Tue Jul 1 01:01:47 MDT 2003

Strike update from the Nigerian paper Vanguard:

Fuel: NLC shuts down Nigeria
By Funmi Komolafe, Rotimi Ajayi, Emma Nnadozie,
Tuesday, July 01, 2003
- FG proposes N35 per litre; Labour wants N28
- Vanguard's Labour Editor, 87 others arrested
- Nationwide strike continues, says Oshiomhole

ABUJA - NIGERIAN cities and towns were practically shut down yesterday after
workers heeded the call of the Labour Congress (NLC) to stay at home in
protest against the fuel price hike.

The Police arrested 88 people, including Vanguard Labour Editor, Funmi
Komolafe at the Federal Government Secretariat, Abuja where she had gone to
cover an NLC rally. Arrested with her was Ola Awoniyi, a correspondent of
the French News Agency (AFP). They were later released. Police also arrested
popular musician, Charley Boy in Lagos and no fewer than 17 labour leaders
in Delta and Ondo states for participating in the strike.

The police said they arrested 88 persons nationwide for disturbing the


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