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Widespread protests breeding in Nigeria over hunger, inflation

Widespread protests breeding in Nigeria over hunger, inflation

Nigeria faces the danger of widespread protests, as youths and women hit the streets of Minna in Niger State to protest the the rising cost of living in the country.

A similar protest was witnessed in parts of Lagos State recently when women came out to bitterly lament the hardship situtaions they face on a daily basis.

The Niger protest started when a group of women blocked Minna-Bida Road at the popular Kpakungu Roundabout to lament what they termed the suffering under the Bola Tinubu government.

They were later joined by men and youths stopping vehicles from moving.

The protest occurred in the morning when some of the youths began speaking in the Hausa language, lamenting how the country’s economy was getting worse under the leadership of Ahmed Tinubu.

A deployment of police operatives to the scene could not stop the youths from the protest as some of them could be heard saying that the police were the agents of the government and they could not do anything.

An attempt by the operatives to quell the protest and effect the arrest of some of the youths failed as the youth chased away the officers who were coming after them.

Some passersby lamented how they narrowly escaped injuries as the youths continued to chase people away from going about their lawful duties.

The police operatives had to resort to firing teargas in the direction of the rampaging youths to disperse them. But despite the teargas, the youths continued their protest.

The Niger State Command spokesman, Wasiu Abiodun, who reacted to the protest, said the police had to apply minimum force to disperse the protesters.

“I woke up this morning with information that many people protesting blocked Bida road, obstructing motorists and causing people to be unable to go about their work. So we had to deploy there this morning.

“After so much persuasion, they refused to open the road, even the deputy Governor, His Excellency, was there to address them; we had to use minimum force to disperse the protesters, the road was opened, and there is a free flow of traffic now.”

the deputy governor, Yakubu Garba, told  the protesters that government was aware of the pain and hardship facing families in the country.

He said the government was working towards reducing the cost of living and the economic implications of the petrol subsidy removal.

Videos posted by TVC News and Channels TV on X show that the protesters blocked major roads as they lamented that there was no government effort to arrest the situation of the rising cost of food items.

The protesters are heard chanting protest songs, while security agents including policemen looked on.

Gunshots heard

There were reports that gunshots were fired by the Police to disperse the protesters.

Efforts by the police to control the crowd almost resulted in violence as protesters asked police to leave, forcing the police to fire several shots in the air.


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