Police storms Unity Fountain, stop movement of BBOG protesters

 

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Early hour of Tuesday , hundreds of  police officers stormed the Unity Fountain, Abuja, where the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement converge, to stop them from embarking on their usual protest to the state house.

The BBOG had announced some weeks ago after  video of Chibok schoolgirls was released by Boko Haram,  its decision to continue her protest and  marching to the villa every 72 hours until President Muhammadu Buhari tell  them of an immediate plan to rescue the girls who have been in captivity since 2014.

Mr.Abiodun Alamatu, a police officer, said he had orders to stop the protesters from embarking on a march.

“The way you people are taking this thing is getting out of control,” he said.

A leader of the movement, Aisha Yesufu expressed her  anger saying that they could not be barred from embarking on a march in a democratic era.

“If you were the one taken, I will stand stand for you, or is it because you were not taken? If it was your daughter, I will stand for you,” Yesufu said.

Mr. Anjuguri Manzah, FCT police spokesman, issued a statement, blaming the group of creating tension in the nation.

“These indiscriminate actions which are carried out in disorderly and sometimes riotous manner create unwarranted tension and apprehension among law abiding citizens and in the process obstruct legitimate business activities,” he said.

“The command hereby advises any person or group of persons who wish to embark on any demonstration to notify the commissioner of police FCT in writing and secure approval.”

The statement which is similar to the one issued in June 2014 by the then police commissioner, Joseph Mbu banning all forms of protest in the Federal Capital.

Mr Mbu was sued by the group BBOG  where the FCT high court ruled in their favour, declaring that it is the constitutional right of citizens to protest.

 

 

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Inflation rose to its highest point after 11 years – NBS

Report from Bureau of Statistics has review that the consumer price index (CPI) measuring inflation in the Nigerian economy has rose to its highest point since the country transit from military rule.

The inflation report released by the NBS indicate  that inflation for the month of June gored to its highest point since October 2005, making 11 years.

Records shows that inflation rose from 15.6 percent in May 2016 to 16.5 percent in June 2016, as energy and food prices reflects heavly on inflation for the month.

According to the NBS report by CPI, inflation has persistently rose for five month.

“In June, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which measures inflation continued to record relatively strong increases for the fifth consecutive month. The Headline index increased by 16.5% (year-on-year), 0.9% points higher from rates recorded in May (15.6%),” NBS said.

“Most COICOP divisions which contribute to the headline index increased at a faster pace, the increase was however weighed upon by a slower increase in three divisions; Recreation & Culture, Restaurant & Hotels, and Miscellaneous Goods & Services Year on year, energy prices, imported items and related products continue to be persistent drivers of the core sub-index.

“The Core index increased by 16.2% in June, up by approximately 1.2% points from rates recorded in May (15.1%). During the month, the highest increases were seen in the electricity, liquid Fuel (kerosene), furniture and furnishings, passenger transport by road, fuels and lubricants for personal transport equipment.”

Asides farm produce, the core sub-index increased by 16.2% in June (year-on-year), up approximately by 1.2% points from 15.1% recorded in May.

“The Core sub-index has increased at a faster pace for five consecutive months. Over the first six months of the year, the Core subindex increased by 12.8%, up 5.2% points from rates recorded in the corresponding period in 2015.”

In October 2015, inflation has rose consistently with the change in exchange rate policy by the Apex bank, in the latter part of June expected to weigh in on inflation for the month of July.

Goldman Sachs, an American multinational banking and investment firm, forecasts that Nigeria’s inflation will not rise above 20 percent in 2016, before it takes retreats to lower levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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