President Jonathan sends troops after protesters, journalists

  1. The day started with a broadcast by President Jonathan announcing a reduction in gasoline price from N141 to N97 per litre. In the broadcast, as reported by Vanguard below, the president announced that said the price was reduced to pacify angry  Nigerians.
  2. In anticipation of the mass disapproval for the announcement and in a bid to create a calm atmosphere for a labour union suspension of its six day old strike, the president deployed troops overnight to the streets of areas perceived to be prone to massive protests. Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna and a couple of other state capitals got heavy military deployments.
  3. Lagos
  4. Premium Times has received reports that government has deployed soldiers and police to venues of protests across the country
    Sun, Jan 15 2012 21:17:47
  5. Soldiers take over ð streets of Lagos
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 07:05:50
  6. Premium Times – Soldiers all over the place
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 04:35:25
  7. Gov Babatunde Fashola of Lagos, in a broadcast, called on the president to withdraw troops from the street arguing that protests in Lagos have been peaceful. Full text of the speech was published by the blog below.
  8. In Kano where two protesters were murdered in the past week, the army and police were calm according to tweets.
  9. Not even d Nigerian army can stop d crowd #occupynigeria #kano @elrufai @omojuwa @TWEETORACLE
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 07:05:50
  10. Bauchi
  11. Soldier’s barricade at emir’s palace Bauchi, they are friendly @elrufai @eggheader @NigeriaNewsdesk
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 07:05:50
  12. Kaduna 
  13. Protesters in Kaduna today defied trade union leaders and the threat of soldiers deployed overnight by the Nigerian govt as they marched out
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 06:50:26
  14. Soldiers joining d protest here in kaduna#occupyNigeria..
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 07:05:50
  15. Other states with deployed soldiers are Ogun, Oyo, Kano, Kaduna
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 04:02:24
  16. In Abuja, soldiers are seen parading major streets. In Berger Junction, the usual take-off point of labour-led protests in the city, there was heavy deployment of soldiers, police, SSS, and other operatives of other security agencies to deter protesters who might want to congregate there. In the Occupy Nigeria protest ground in Wuse II, a high number of security officials were present but protesters gathered.
  17. “Abuja protesters gathering now at Ason Filling Station Wuse 2. There are soldiers and policemen, but no shooting”. – Ige Bukola
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 04:50:36
  18. Nasir El-Rufai was brutalised by soldiers in Abuja, says Femi Fani-Kayode
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 07:05:50
  19. We have just been warned not to take any more pics by d senior officer!
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 07:05:50
  20. The government clampdown of protesters took a terrible turn as the security deployments began intimidating journalists. In this picture taken in Lagos, soldiers are seen trying to turn away reporters of Rythm Fm.
  21. Soldiers harassing newsmen? #Lagos #occupynigeria @BBCAfrica @chamberlainusoh @vanguardngrnews
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 07:05:50
  22. BBC and CNN Lagos offices were also raided by secret police.
  23. SSS invades BBC, CNN offices in Lagos
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 07:00:00
  24. SSS harass CNN Reporter on assignment in Ojota #OccupyNigeria
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 06:28:02
  25. BBC, CNN Demand Explanation For SSS Invasion Of Lagos Offices-PUNCH | Sahara Reporters
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 10:39:44
  26. Now GEJ’s SSS have made BBC and CNN to have a feel of his farcical administration.Something to report about now?
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 08:38:47
  27. The militarization of the streets of Nigeria did not go down well with most Nigerian’s who think it is an ironic show of force on unarmed citizens especially when the same soldiers and police officers have failed to curb the Boko Haram terror menace in the north even though the president literally handed over terror prone areas to the military.
  28. Soldiers who won’t/couldn’t patrol streets in Maiduguri/Damaturu/Yola, showing force in Lagos and Ibadan? iLaugh ! #OccupyNigeria
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 01:29:27
  29. The battle for Nigeria’s future continues.
  30. The guns and tear-gas canisters are out. Labour has packed its bags. But the battle for Nigeria’s future is still on.
    Mon, Jan 16 2012 08:42:57

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