Protests rock Lagos, Benin!


*Protesters shun Police warning in Lagos as protests disrupted commercial activities

*In Benin, protesters equally disrupted commercial activities, called on President Tinubu to resign

*It is recalled that similar protest occurred in Minna, the capital of Niger State two weeks ago

*Nigeria Labour Congress insists that her scheduled nationwide protest will go on from today

By Kehinde Ibrahim, Lagos

Massive protests took place in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria and Benin, the Edo State capital yesterday heralding the much advertised nationwide protests organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

In Lagos, protesters stormed the streets of Lagos and carried out demonstrations against the persistent economic hardship in Nigeria, despite warnings from the police.

The protest which was organised by a human rights group known as “Take It Back Movement”, effectively disregarded the call by Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade, who had earlier on Sunday warned against gatherings for the purpose of demonstration against the harsh economic conditions in the country.

The protesters were seen in the Ojuelegba area of Lagos carrying placards with various inscriptions and chanting anti-government songs while security agents looked on.

In Edo State, aggrieved Nigerian not only protested, they also called on President Bola Tinubu to resign now, and added that they needed to conduct fresh elections to get a new president.

The protests grounded commercial activities temporarily in Benin City was anchored by a group known as Edo Civil Society Organisation (EDOCSO) which called on Tinubu to address the problems of hunger in the country or vacate office without delay.

The Edo group which staged the protest from the Ring Road down to the Akpakpava Road and other busy road in the city centre, brandished placards with various inscription like Nigerians are starving to death, Tinubu, end hunger and suffering in Nigeria, FG, end the hunger in Nigeria now and Tinubu, let Nigerians breath, amongst others.

It will be recalled that the group had earlier given President Tinubu and the Vice President Kashim Shettima 14 days as an ultimatum to quit power to fix the country’s economy.

Addressing journalists at the venue of the protest, Interim TEC Chairman, Austine Enabulele said the 14 days of ultimatum given to President Tinubu to fix the country’s economy has since elapsed and nothing has been done to address the issue of hunger in the land.

The protest in Lagos came barely a week after a similar protest occurred in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.

Recall that a similar protest occurred in Minna, the capital of Niger State, two weeks ago. Hundreds of women and youths blocked roads over the high cost of living in the country.

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had also declared a two-day nationwide mass protest slated for February 27 and 28 over the biting hardship in the country.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress has insisted that her scheduled nationwide protest will go on from today.