El-Rufai To File Criminal Charges Against Protesters

Following protests by school children, Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC and Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT against the Kaduna State government over sacking of 21,000 alleged unqualified teachers, the state government said it will file complaints for criminal violations of several sections of the Penal Code

“The Kaduna State Government is filing complaints for criminal violations of several sections of Penal Code, including ; Section 59: Criminal Conspiracy• Section 73: Promoting Unlawful Assembly• Section 77: Disturbance of Public Peace• Section 78: inciting Disturbance• Section 162: Obstruction on Public Way,” the state Permanent Secretary ministry of education, Adamu Mansur said, while briefing newsmen in Kaduna.

“Charges may also be filed for violation of the Young Persons’ Law.” The Kaduna State Government is committed to doing the things that are necessary and consequential in the public interest.

“Security and law-enforcement agencies have the names of the individual to be investigated for the organized actions that endangered school pupils, forcibly closed schools and attacked the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

“NUT officials were previously warned about the consequences of illegal activity, including the unlawful use of pupils for protests, forcible closure of schools and engaging in unauthorized demonstrations.

“The shameful events at the Kaduna State House of Assembly when union thugs destroyed public property and attacked honourable members is a visible and dangerous escalation,” he explained.

He emphasized that nothing would deter the government from recruiting qualified teachers, the entitlements specified in their terms of service.

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