Bauchi CP meets labour leaders, demands peaceful protest

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By Timi Owolabi

Ahead of the planned nationwide protests by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) slated for Wednesday, August 2, 2023, over the hike in the pump price of petrol, the Commissioner of Police in Bauchi State, Auwal Musa Muhammad, has met with leaders of NLC and Joint Public Negotiation Council (JPNC) to find ways to ensure a peaceful protest.

The meeting, which took place at the Bauchi State Police Command Headquarters, along Yandoka Road, Bauchi, on Tuesday, had the representatives of the state NLC chairman, Shu’aibu Dauda, and the state chairman of JPNC, Ibrahim Maikudi, in attendance.

CP Auwal emphasised the need for synergy with the union leaders in the best interest of the peaceful atmosphere prevalent in the state and the safety of lives and property of citizens before, during, and after the planned protest.

The Commissioner of Police also reiterated his commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all citizens throughout the exercise.

He warned that any attempt by miscreants to exploit the situation for violent purposes such as vandalism, gangsterism, and extortion would be met with firm resistance.

“The command will not tolerate any act that would create any inconveniences to the peace and well-being of the state and our dear country,” Auwal affirmed.

In their separate remarks, the leadership of the unions agreed to collaborate with the Bauchi State Police Command in the area of information dissemination to have a peaceful protest by taking appropriate measures, which include identifying all their members that would partake in the procession and other internal check measures that would enable them to carry out a hitch-free and successful protest.

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