The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has requested the citizenry and security personnel to respect the rights of Nigerians to stage peaceful protests.
CUPP National Secretary, Peter Ameh, in a statement he issued on Wednesday, August 6, in Abuja, criticised alleged attacks on peaceful protesters in different parts of the country.
Ameh said, “Nigeria is a democratic state, as such, citizens are afforded the constitutional right to engage in peaceful protests.”
He called on the presidency to hold the police and other security agencies accountable for attacks and infringement on the rights of the masses.
The CUPP Secretary urged President Muhammad Buhari to protect the light of democracy handed over to him by the electorate.
He advised security agencies to apply its force on bandits attacking residents in Southern Kaduna and North East to solve the insecurity situation in the areas; rather than focus on innocent civilians.
“The essence of freedom of expression and of the press; is for those who may not have their way on crucial national issues to at least have their say.
“Nigerians want good governance and dividends of democracy not carnage,” Ameh said.
Meanwhile, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has directed its members to sell petrol at the old rate of N143 per litre; pending the new directive by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).
The National Public Relations Officer of IPMAN, Suleiman Yakubu, said this during an interview on Wednesday, August 5, in Abuja.
Yakubu, who was while reacting to the new ex-depot rate of N138.62 per litre; from the previous N132.62 per litre, said that IPMAN would brief its members as soon as it received the directive from PPPRA.
1st News had reported that NNPC and Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) had fixed the ex-depot price of premium motor spirit (PMS), known as petrol, at N138.62 per litre.
The PPMC Manager, Sales, Mohammed Bello, had disclosed the new price in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.
Bello said that that the new price would come into effect from Aug. 5.
The ex-depot price is the price at which depot owners sell the commodity to retail outlets.
Yakubu advised marketers to sell at the old rate; pending when PPPRA would announce its monthly pricing modulation for the product.
A survey conducted on Wednesday in Abuja indicated that major marketers at Wuse; Gwarimpa; Maitama; and Wuye had not adjusted their pumps to reflect the new price.
The PPPRA had, in the last four months, adjusted its ex-depot price thrice.