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Protests rock Ondo, Abeokuta as residents protest over fuel, naira scarcity


Protest, yesterday, erupted in some parts of Ondo and Ogun states. Angry residents blocked the busy Ore-Benin expressway, causing traffic gridlock and preventing vehicular movement for several hours.

A commuter, Segun Olaitan, who was stranded in the traffic, revealed that he spent over two hours at the Ore intersection without any hope of how soon the road will be free.

In Abeokuta, residents took to major streets to protest lingering naira and fuel scarcities in Ogun. Vehicular and other business activities were grounded, while shops and other outlets were hurriedly shut.

Banks shut down as workers were seen rushing home to avoid being caught in the crisis. Also, parents were seen rushing to schools to take home their wards, while motorists displayed loyalty to protesters by attaching leaves to their vehicles.

According to eyewitness account, the protesters took over the Aladesanmi, Fajol and Somorin in Obantoko area, along the Abeokuta-Ibadan road, to register their displeasure with the CBN’s policy, which has subjected Nigerians to untold hardship and suffering in the last two weeks .

It was learnt that the riot also spread to other parts of the metropolis like Sapon and Adatan, where political posters and billboards were destroyed. At least, one person was reported hit by stray bullet during the protest.

When contacted, the Ogun State police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident, saying the problem has been contained. He added that no arrest was made as at 5:00p.m.

The protests in Ondo and Ogun states are coming barely four days after residents of Ibadan, Oyo state capital protested against the fuel and naira crises rocking the country.


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