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Protest Erupts In Ondo Over Naira, Fuel Scarcity


Residents of Ondo State have taken to the streets to express their grievances over the scarcity of fuel and the new naira notes.

The protesters, who have already grounded the busy Ore/Benin expressway, also prevented vehicular and human movement on the routes.

Naija News gathered that many motorists and commuters have been forced to use alternative roads as a result of the protest led by some angry youths.

The protest comes a day after the state Police Command asked residents in the state not to embark on any protest on the streets to demonstrate against the lingering fuel scarcity and shortage of the new naira notes.

The Commissioner of Police, Oyeyemi Oyediran, who gave the warning at a stakeholders’ meeting on Monday, had said any action or inaction of the protesters could lead to a breach of peace in the state.

Oyediran noted that the Command was aware of a plan by some angry residents most especially the youths in the state to embark on a protest as a way of showcasing their grievances towards the nationwide fuel scarcity.

Fuel, New Notes Scarcity: Protesters Attack Oyo Gov’s Office

Recall that angry youths on Friday invaded the Oyo State Secretariat, Agodi Ibadan over fuel and new naira notes scarcity in the country.

There had been complaints over the new note policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and fuel scarcity in the country.

The gate of the secretariat was locked following information that protests had rocked different parts of the capital city.

The protesters who invaded the secretariat with sticks, woods, and other dangerous weapons, forced the two main gates of the Secretariat open

The development saw security operatives on the ground take cover.

The protesters having seen that workers and people within the secretariat scampering for safety headed straight to the Governor’s office where they attempted to force the gate open.

The resistance by the officers on duty, who fire blank shots into the air, made the protesters throw stones and other dangerous weapons into the Governor’s office.

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A police officer attached to the Governor’s office was injured in an attack by the protesters.