Armed police men were once again deployed to disperse unarmed civilians protesting.
There was tension in Jos on Thursday morning as police moved to crack down on protests embarked on by striking workers and interest groups.
Armed police officers were posted to strategic points in the town to enforce compliance with the directive banning street protests in the state.
The Plateau State Police Command had on Wednesday issued a statement banning any form of protest without the permission of the police.
“The police and other security agencies cannot fold their hands and allow the relative peace being enjoined to be toyed with.
“The police command had enjoined such groups to seek redress through constitutional means instead of protest,” the statement noted.
But some groups on Thursday defied the directives and took to the streets adorning black attires to express their grievances over the eight months long local government workers strike.
A group, known as ”Larger House of Plateau Youths”, addressed newsmen at the National Union of Journalists House in Jos on the reasons for coming out in spite of the police ban.
The leader of the group, George Maqual, said the protest was to draw the attention of both the state and local government workers to the negative effect of the strike and to make them find an amicable solution to the impasse.
He said that the youth are disturbed by the situation and would no longer keep quiet as the strike was greatly affecting a large proportion of its members, who are the future of not only the state, but the country.
“We are products of public schools, but today there is no public primary school in Plateau because of the strike. We are calling on the Plateau Government to expedite actions for pupils go back to the classrooms,” he said.
Mr. Maqual pointed out that they defied the ban because of the importance of the issue, adding that the Commissioner of Police refused to grant them permission to embark on the peaceful protest to press home their points.
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