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Jos demonstrators reject SWAT, demand overhaul of NPF

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Obiano promises to convey protesters’ demands to Buhari

Vehicular traffic and commercial activities were disrupted in Jos, Plateau State, yesterday as youths, in their hundreds, stormed the city centre demanding the scrapping of the newly created Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team by the Inspector General of Police.

This was as they called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Police Service Commission (PSC), to overhaul the entire police force.

The peaceful procession caused heavy traffic jam, especially on the flyover close to Nigerian Television Authority (NTA,) Tundun Wada road, while the major highway linking Plateau with neighbouring states like Bauchi, Gombe and Abuja were totally blocked.

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IN Anambra State, Governor Willie Obiano has promised to convey the protesters’ requests to President Muhammadu Buhari.The protesters, mainly students from higher institutions across the state, said they were also celebrating the International Day for Students.

The protesters said they were also demanding end to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, the killings of Nigerians by security personnel, fuel price hike, high electricity bills in addition to SARS.

Efforts by a government official to address the protesters proved abortive, as they pelted him with water sachets before he was driven away around 2.30p.m.

They however demanded that Obiano should come to address them before they would disperse, which the governor eventually did.

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