It's about time cops WOKE up.
>From: Barry Stoller <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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>Subject: Nigeria strike: Gov't brings in army
>Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2002 16:14:04 -0500
>AFP. 1 February 2002. Nigerian government declares police "mutiny,"
>brings in army.
>LAGOS -- The Nigerian government late Friday declared a police strike
>under way in several cities to be a "mutiny" and brought in the army to
>man senstive areas.
>"We do not regard the action as a strike but as a mutiny," Police
>Affairs Minister Stephen Akiga said in a statement sent to AFP and read
>out on national television.
>For the duration of the strike "all sensitive points will be manned by
>the military," said Akiga, condemning what he called an "unnecessary"
>Police in several cities, including the volatile main city of Lagos,
>went on strike on Friday to press for the payment of wage arrears, an
>improvement in working conditions and several years' worth of
>In Lagos, the withdrawal of thousands of police officers below the rank
>of inspector caused banks to close for fear of robbery and sparked chaos
>on the roads as traffic police stayed at home
>Discontent over pay and delayed promotions is rife within the force,
>which is on the frontline of the fight against crime in the country.
>"Normally, we have two police at the door of the bank but today they
>failed to turn up," said one banker, who spoke on condition that his
>bank was not identified.
>Radio Nigeria reported police were on strike in places as far apart as
>the southern state of Cross River and northern Nigeria's Taraba and
>In Taraba, police were patrolling but were not standing guard at public
>buildings and banks, Radio Nigeria said.
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