Daily Trust (Abuja)

29 January 2013

Nigeria: Youths Protest 'Extortion' By PHCN in Kwara

Ilorin — Hundreds of youths from Omu-Aran in Irepodun local government area of Kwara State yesterday took to the streets protesting an alleged extortion by officials of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

The 'peaceful' protest, Daily Trust gathered, nearly turned violent save for the timely intervention of the police.

The protesters, who carried placards with various inscriptions, were protesting what they called "illegal billings and extortion" by PHCN officials.

The protesters, first gathered in front of the community's post office as early as 7am, later took to the streets chanting war slogans.

It was gathered that the situation became charged and nearly turned violent when the protesters got to the PHCN's building at the city hall.

The policemen with some officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps reportedly formed a barricade to prevent the youths from gaining access to the building.

Wasiu Awoniyi, who spoke on behalf of the protesters, said they were forced to embark on the warning protest after several meetings to resolve the issue with PHCN failed.

PHCN Business Manager in the district Mose Oyewole said the organization was already meeting with traditional ruler of Omu-Aran Oba Charles Ibitoye towards amicably resolving the issue.

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