Economic hardship: Police distributes water, biscuits to protesters

Adegoke Fayoade, Lagos police commissioner, says the command provided water and biscuits for protesters to prevent them from exhaustion.

On Tuesday, the two-day mass protest called by the Labour Congress (NLC) against the rising cost of living kicked off across the country, including Lagos.

In Lagos, NLC members and residents gathered at the Ikeja underbridge for the protest.

Before the protest commenced, the protesters were addressed by Funmi Sessi, NLC Lagos chairperson, and the state commissioner of police.

The protesters moved from the Ikeja underbridge via Obafemi Awolowo road to the Lagos state government house at Alausa.

However, during the demonstration, police officers distributed biscuits and water to the protesters.

Speaking with NAN, Fayoade said the Lagos police command provided the refreshments to prevent people from collapsing during the protest.

He said the protesters trekked a long distance under the hot weather and needed the provision of refreshments.

He added that the protest was successful, noting that nobody was arrested.

“I provided water and biscuits because I don’t want anyone to collapse on the way,” he said.

“We have to use water to strengthen everybody. That is the least we could do.

“The protest went on as agreed with the NLC leadership. We promised them protection from the beginning to the end.

“The same protection will be provided on Wednesday and I will be part of the operation.”

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