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Fuel Subsidy Removal: Peaceful Protest In Ibadan


As the removal of the subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) commonly referred to as petrol bites harder in Nigeria, protests have been recorded in various parts of the country. The wave of protests moved to Ibadan on Tuesday. The protesting youths converged at the Mokola Roundabout as early as 7 am.

Armed with placards bearing different inscriptions, the protesters marched through the streets of Mokola, Sango and Bodija after which they headed for the Oyo State Government secretariat at Agodi. Policemen on duty promptly blocked the entrance to prevent the protesters from gaining access into the Secretariat.  Some of the placards bore inscriptions like “NIGERIAN YOUTHS SAY NO TO FUEL SUBSIDY, IWEALA + JONATHAN= USELESS, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH,: SAY NO TO OPPRESSION, E GBA WA OJO IWAJU NBAJE LO” and many more.

At the Government Secretariat, the Oyo State Commissioner for Information came out to address the protesters. After allowing him to speak, the protesters insisted on seeing the Governor.  They told him they would not mind sitting at the Secretariat gate for 24 hours just to see the Governor.

When the Governor came out, he told the youths that he had to come out of a prayer programme marking the first working day of the year. He thereafter commended the demonstrators for the peaceful manner in which they comported themselves. He also described the protest as a part of democracy.

The Students Union President of the University of Ibadan,Tokunbo Salako relayed the grievances of the youths to the Governor after which Seun Fakoade also spoke. A letter signed by a coalition of youths was delivered to the Governor who promised to deliver it to the President.

Meanwhile, in Lagos, the protest turned ugly around Ikorodu Road. Protesters blocked the roads and made bonfires. Policemen reportedly fired to disperse them.  The protesters moved on to the Gani Fawehimi Park where the widow of the Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi addressed the protesters..

As of the time of filing this report, security checks had been mounted at strategic locations in Kano and Kaduna States.

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