Ondo residents protest fuel, naira scarcity


Residents of Ore in Odigbo local government area of Ondo state Tuesday staged a peaceful protest along the Ore-Benin expressway to register their displeasure over the scarcity of naira notes and fuel scarcity.

The currency crisis took a new twist, as some commercial banks in Akure, the state capital, shut down their operations over possible protest and mob attacks from frustrated customers.

It was observed that as at 8:30am Tuesday, some of the commercial banks around Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital were yet to open for operation as bank customers who were on long queues were shut out.

Meanwhile, the Ore protest, which caused gridlock in the commercial hub centre of the state, resulted in travelers plying the route getting stranded for hours before the intervention of security agencies.

One of the protesters, Segun Mapayi, said the recent hardship in  the country is alarming. 

He said for the past few weeks, residents of the town have suffered from the pains of naira scarcity and hike in price of fuel.