By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa — Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in Bayelsa State, has flayed the state government’s arrest and arraignment in court, of 22 unemployed graduates for protesting.
The party, in a statement in Yenagoa, by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Christopher Abariowei, described as unfounded, claims by the government that the protest was illegal and politically motivated.
It described the action of the government as undemocratic and unjustifiable, adding that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led government had shown intolerance and inability to address the socio-economic problems of the people.
He said: “The Dickson administration has infringed on the fundamental human rights of the jobless graduates to protest government’s neglect. The arrest of the peaceful protesters contradicts government’s claims that it was open to constructive criticism.”
It called for the unconditional release of the detained protesters and immediate withdrawal of the case from the court.
“As a government, the ability to address and dialogue on critical issues such as unemployment, which borders on the growth, stability and development of the state, should be approached with caution and not through the instrumentality of force and intimidation with law court,” he said.
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