The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has disassociated itself from the planned protest over the association’s alleged chapter in Southwest Zone D over the recent increase in the price of fuel pumps and the tariff. of electricity.
Azeez Adeyemi, the national public relations officer for NANS, revealed this in a statement in Abeokuta on Sunday.
According to Adeyemi, the NANS Southwest D zone, led by Kappo Olawale, had given the federal government a five-day ultimatum to reverse the rise in fuel and electricity rates. He said the students insisted that if the government did not reverse prices, it would shut down the southwestern states in a massive protest Monday.
The NANS spokesperson, however, repudiated the group led by Olawale, describing them as “impostors.”
Adeyemi insisted that the group was not recognized by the national leadership of the student coordinating body. He urged the police not to hesitate to arrest and prosecute anyone who is caught disturbing the peace of the country under any pretext.
Adeyemi explained that the NANS national leadership had met in Abuja on Thursday, where it was unanimously agreed that a stipulated date would be given to the federal government to reverse the rise in the fuel and electricity rate pump price.
Adeyemi said the NANS and other affiliated bodies had organized a protest in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state and five other southwestern states, last Tuesday to express their discontent over the issue.
“The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) wishes to inform the general public that it is not part of any planned protest by a group of imposters calling themselves NANS SouthWest zone D, led by one Kappo Samuel Olawale.
“We want to record that the coordinating body does not recognize the group led by Olawale and is not responsible in any way for their actions.
“This group of people is not authorized to make any protest on behalf of NANS and we want to call on law enforcement agencies to be aware of their responsibility and arrest anyone who is caught during the planned protest,” he said.