10 Days To Presidential Election, Angry Nigerians Take To The Streets Over Cash Crunch In Oyo, Delta, Set Banks Ablaze, As PDP’s Vice Presidential Candidate Pleads For Calm

Angry bank customers burned tyres and blocked streets in Ibadan on Wednesday in protests over the scarcity of naira cash.

This is as a similar protest erupted in far away Delta State.

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The Governor of Delta and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa has appealed to citizens of the state and Nigerians to remain calm amidst the scarcity of the new naira notes in the country.

Okowa’s appeal is coming on the heels of protests by some citizens of the state at the Orhuwhorun Community in Udu Local Government Area of the state where a bank was reportedly torched.

The governor’s appeal was contained in a statement by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu in Asaba.

He called on the people to remain calm while also appealing to the Central Bank of Nigeria and the monetary authorities to take further steps in increasing the money supply in the system.

“We appeal to our brothers and sisters across the state to keep calm in spite of the current travails they are going through as a result of the scarcity of naira notes in the country.

“As a government, we are not unaware of your sufferings but we appeal to you to be patient with the monetary authorities as they take steps to improve on the money supply in the country.

“We are very much aware of Your pains and concerns, but burning down a bank that employs our people will not augur well for us as a nation even as it will not also solve the problem but will further compound the situation.

“Once again we appeal to you all to sheath your swords while we continue to engage the CBN to ensure more funds are released to the banks in the country,” he stated.

Meanwhile, there was serious tension in Delta State as angry residents took to the street and major roads. Their anger bordered on the hardship they face in the country, To vent, the angry mob set a bank ablaze in Udu express junction, Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, moreso, they destroyed some campaign billboards.

According to a resident identified as Martins Alala, the scarcity of the newly redesigned naira notes and reject of the old notes as legal tender has put the citizen in a state of dilemma.

He said, “We are citizens protesting the scarcity of the new naira notes and the rejection of the old naira notes. We are trapped in a cash dilemma.

“We are saying here now that ‘No money, No Election’, we are destroying every election billboard here now, we don’t want to see any politician here, all of them are same.

“As am talking to you now Access bank, First Bank ATM marching is on fire, we have set them ablaze and we are also targeting Ecobank at DSC all the banks must feel what they are doing to us. We have money but we can’t see it to use both old and new naira notes none is available.”

Meanwhile, the police have mounted roadblocks around the DSC Town with the intention of stopping angry protesters from setting ablaze any government property.

We gathered that the protesters in Ibadan first converged on the Eleyele junction, in the Ibadan North West Local Government Area of the state.

The protesters blocked the ever-busy Eleyele-Ologuneru-Eruwa road, causing gridlock around the Eleyele-Ijokodo-Sango-Poly road.

As a result of the gridlock, motorists were accessing alternative routes.

Many schoolchildren were seen returning to their homes as commercial vehicles were not available.

A similar protest rocked the city on Friday, February 3, where some hoodlums within the popular Araromi spare parts market, Gate, took advantage of the protest and set ablaze a police station, stole the station’s Plasma TV, vandalised a branch of WEMA Bank in the area and looted some roadside shops.

As the protest gradually spread to Sango, Bodija Oju-Irin, Olorunsogo and other areas, the Oyo State Road Transport Management Agency (OYRTMA)’s boss, Mogaji Akin Fagbemi, has reportedly deployed officers to Eleyele in a bid to arrest the traffic situation.

Oyo State police said protests broke out in some parts of Ibadan, the state capital, early Wednesday, but were soon brought under control.

“There were pockets of protest this morning by some aggrieved bank customers,” spokesman Adewale Osifeso told AFP.

He said police were deployed to restore order but no arrests were made.

“Normalcy has since returned as the Command has taken all necessary action to forestall breakdown of law and order.”

Angry bank customers burned tyres and blocked streets in Ibadan on Wednesday in protests over the scarcity of naira cash.We gathered that the protesters first converged on the Eleyele junction, in the Ibadan North West Local Government Area of the state.The protesters blocked the ever-busy Eleyele-Ologuneru-Eruwa road, causing gridlock around the Eleyele-Ijokodo-Sango-Poly road.As a result of the gridlock, motorists were accessing alternative routes.Many schoolchildren were seen returning to their homes as commercial vehicles were not available.A similar protest rocked the city on Friday, February 3, where some hoodlums within the popular Araromi spare parts market, Gate, took advantage of the protest and set ablaze a police station, stole the station’s Plasma TV, vandalised a branch of WEMA Bank in the area and looted some roadside shops.As the protest gradually spread to Sango, Bodija Oju-Irin, Olorunsogo and other areas, the Oyo State Road Transport Management Agency (OYRTMA)’s boss, Mogaji Akin Fagbemi, has reportedly deployed officers to Eleyele in a bid to arrest the traffic situation.Oyo State police said protests broke out in some parts of Ibadan, the state capital, early Wednesday, but were soon brought under control.“There were pockets of protest this morning by some aggrieved bank customers,” spokesman Adewale Osifeso told AFP.He said police were deployed to restore order but no arrests were made.“Normalcy has since returned as the Command has taken all necessary action to forestall breakdown of law and order.”Local residents said the unrest started in Dupe, Mokola, Ogunpa, Apata and Iwo Road areas when angry bank customers began protesting because they could not access their money or change old notes to new ones.

Local residents said the unrest started in Dupe, Mokola, Ogunpa, Apata and Iwo Road areas when angry bank customers began protesting because they could not access their money or change old notes to new ones.

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