Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lagos at a standstill as protest enters day two

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Ever busy Ojota road deserted

 

Lagos seems to be at a standstill as fewer motorists ventured to come out on Tuesday, while all businesses were closed, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN reports that even the number of commercial motorcyclists, the ubiquitous ‘okada rders’, were fewer, compared to the situation on Monday.

NAN reports that the Fadeyi area of Ikorodu Road was on the boil as factional gangs of hoodlums have hijacked the protest on petrol subsidy removal, and were clashing among themselves and harrassing innocent people, freely using matchetes and other dangerous weapons.

“I have not seen any dead body here, but I have seen serious injuries and blood soaked cutlasses”, a resident of the area who happens to be a correspondent of NAN, said on the telephone.

Meanwhile, the trans-ECOWAS route from Lagos to Badagry and Seme border town, had been impassable as hoodlums took over, setting up bonfires and forcefully extorting the few motorists.

“I paid my way up to Iyana Iba, where you have the main campus of the Lagos State University, before turning back as huge bonfires made it impossible for any vehicle to pass”, said an editor who was on this his way to work from Agbara.

“All the security agencies have abandoned their usual checkpoints– may be because there are no vehicles to check– only the policemen at Okokomaiko had a semblance of a checkpoint near their station on the highway”, he added.

Unconfirmed reports say a protester was allegedly shot dead by the police around Charity, Oshodi, on Tuesday.

The Police Public Relations officer of the Lagos Police Command, DSP Samuel Junaidu,confirmed that the police were coping with the challenges at Fadeyi.

Junaidu, however, said that the alleged shooting to death at Charity, Oshodi, would require some time for him to verify

 

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