The Joint Action Front (JAF) held a protest march today in Abeokuta Ogun State in continuation of the mobilization for a nationwide protest to save public education. The protesters, over 200 in number, were education workers from ASUU, ASUP and NASU; students from the Ogun state Joint Campus Committee (JCC) of NANS and members of JAF. Similar actions had been held in Lagos and Calabar on August 13 and August 27 respectively.
A special feature of today's action was heavy presence of armed police led by the state commissioner of police. Indeed, the police officers apparently outnumbered the protesters when the action was about to take off at the NNPC Mega Station. The number of the police thinned out as protest marched on. Yet a good number of them followed the protesters to Iwe Iroyin House where the procession, which had passed through Kuto Isabo, Kemta, Sapon and Ibara with mass leafleting and speeches at markets and other strategic areas, was terminated.
|Abiodun Aremu, JAF Secretary|
|Ogun State Commissioner of Police (in glasses)|