State police urge universities to discourage student unrest

Nigeria’s state security services on Monday 4 September asked university vice-chancellors and heads of tertiary education institutions to discourage their students from engaging in acts that can cause unrest, as the country faces widespread strike action over the cost of living, writes Camillus Eboh for Reuters.

The main labour union, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), which represents millions of workers across most sectors of Africa’s largest economy, said on Friday that it would stage a warning strike from Tuesday 5 September to protest against the cost of living and then plans indefinite action later this month. An election tribunal meanwhile was due to deliver its ruling on Wednesday 6 September on petitions by the two main opposition candidates to President Bola Tinubu’s election victory in February.

The Department of State Services said it had uncovered plots by certain politicians to mobilise students and youth groups to stage violent protests in the country to discredit the government over socio-economic matters, but did not provide further details or name any politicians. It said its “intelligence reports have indicated that the plotters include certain politicians who are desperately mobilising unsuspecting student leaders, ethnic-based associations, youth and disgruntled groups for the planned action”.
Full report on the Reuters site