Friday 3 February 2023

Police Avert Bloody Protest in Ilesa

An early morning peaceful protest today by commercial motorcyclists popularly known as okada riders that would have turned bloody at Ita Akogun and the major round in Ilesa has been aborted by security operatives.

Radio Nigeria correspondent, Zion Oyelade, who monitored the protest reports that the okada riders in their hundreds were cautious of the presence of joint security agencies, hence the deflation of energy to sustaining the peaceful tempo.

Our correspondent also observed high presence of security agencies including operatives of the Osun State Police Command,  the NSCDC, the Nigerian Army and others ensuring free-flow of traffic at the round about centre of the community, while long queues of customers at banks' Automated Teller Machines waiting to make transactions.


One of the leaders who doesn't want his name mentioned told Radio Nigeria that they and other youths wanted to express their dissatisfaction on the current fuel scarcity, difficulty in accessing naira notes at banks and the high cost of food items.

The leader of the commercial motorcyclists however noted that none of the protesters held harmful items except the placards to drive home their point.

Attempts to speak with the officers of the security agencies proved abortive.

COV/Zion Oyelade/Isaac Haastrup


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