Teachers, Pupils Protest In Taraba

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Economic and government activities in Taraba State, northeast Nigeria have been paralysed following a protest by the state primary school teachers and their pupils demanding the payment of their September salary.

The primary school teachers with their pupils trooped out of their schools in thousands to protest in all the major streets in Jalingo, the state capital.

This prevented human and vehicular movement in the area.

The protesters were seen with placards with different inscriptions such as, Danbaba Pay Our Teachers, You Are A Bad Governor, Danbaba Must Go and Danbaba The Wasteful Governor.

They later marched to the gate of the Government House, Jalingo, to prevent entry to the premises.

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As at press time, no government official had come out to address the teachers and their pupils.

There was also no official statement from the leader of the state branch of Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT.

The protesters later became violent and started breaking the windscreen of vehicles and vandalising government properties.

—Ben Adaji/Jalingo