NUPENG denies shutdown of fuel stations over #EndSARS protests

NUPENG denies shutdown of fuel stations over #EndSARS protests

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), on Saturday, October 17, revealed that it did not order the shutting down of fuel stations or oil installations.

Furthermore, NUPENG expressed its support for the ongoing protests against police brutality and the extortion, allegedly perpetrated by members of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

According to a statement titled, ‘EndSARS: No organ of NUPENG ordered shutting down of fuel stations or oil installations,’ on Saturday, the union joined the call for police reforms.

The statement signed by its National President and General Secretary, Williams Akporeha and Olamide Afolabi went ahead to empathise with all victims of police brutality.

It reads, “NUPENG stands with Nigerian youths against Police brutality; as well as calls for immediate and far-reaching Police reforms; as our members are as well victims of Police brutality and abuses through extortion, detention, harassment, and intimidation nationwide.

“Meanwhile, no organ of our Union has ordered shutting down of fuel stations or oil installations.

“We sincerely empathize with all victims of police brutality including our members across the country; and we peacefully join all well-meaning Nigerians to say police brutality must stop!”

The #EndSARS protests have now stretched beyond a week; with aggrieved youths barricading major highways across the nation.

Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday, October 17, confirmed the trial of some policemen implicated in the death of an #EndSARS protester in the Surulere area of the state.

Sanwo-Olu made this disclosure via his Twitter handle, days after some police officers fired live ammunition at peaceful protesters in the Area C Police Command of Lagos.

“Yesterday (Friday), the orderly room trial of the police officers involved in the Surulere incident began,” the governor.

1st News had reported that the deceased was hit by a bullet; while others sustained various degrees of injury as a result of the action of the security personnel.

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Sanwo-Olu further responded to the candlelight vigil held in honour of the victims of SARS; and those who lost their lives to police brutality, calling the event “powerful”.

He said, “I have seen powerful images and videos of the #CandleForSARSVictims vigils held across the country. It calls for very sober reflections.”

“Some of the victims (of the Surulere incident) attended and will testify before the panel next week. Justice will be served. Thank you to the team for actively following up and helping victims.

“There is so much more to be done; and I will keep sharing the actions we are taking in line with my announcements,” the governor added.

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