Daily Trust (Abuja)

29 June 2012

Nigeria: Police Foil Occupy NNPC Rally

A combined team of heavily armed policemen and soldiers yesterday foiled a rally aimed at occupying the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as part of the ongoing movement to end impunity in the country.

The group is requesting President Goodluck Jonathan to prosecute top government officials indicted in the House of Representatives subsidy regime probe report.

The organisers gathered at about 10am to press home their demand but the police said the rally was illegal because there was no permit from the FCT Commissioner of Police.

The rejection led to hot arguments between the organisers and the security personnel.

Leader of the protesters Reverend David Ugulor cited court order indicating that they do not need any permission to stage a peaceful protest.

But the security argued that present security situation would not permit such protest to take place.

Mr Jaye Gaskia, National Convener of the United Action for Democracy and spokesperson of 'End Impunity Now' campaign, described the rally as successful even though they were not given the chance by the police to exercises their right.

He said the rally would continue in different parts of the country until the impunity stops.

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