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Fresh Protests Break Out In Ibadan, Lagos Over Naira Notes Scarcity

NAIRA SCARCITY -There are reported riots in some parts of Lagos and Oyo States on Friday morning, with reports that an unspecified number of casualties are already recorded, as the police say they are bringing the situation under control.

This is coming after APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu and some state governors’ opposition to President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to obey the Supreme Court’s order to allow old naira notes to be used as legal tender concurrently with the new notes.

Governors Nasir El-Rufai, Bello Matawalle, Yahaya Bello and Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, among others are urging their citizens to disregard Mr Buhari’s and CBN’s directive.

EGALITARIAN VOICE reports revealed chaos at Iwo-road, Iyana-church, Mile 12, Iyana Iba, Ikorodu and Agege, left commuters stranded at the bus stops and highways.

There was reported riots in Iwo-road, Ibadan, along the Express road, on Friday as youths mounted blockages on the roads.

Also at Ketu, Lagos, gunfire was also reported, as a video seen online showed commuters scampering for safety after shots were fired.

Witnesses claimed that scarcity of the new naira notes and its attendant economic hardship was the major cause of the riots across the state on Friday.

However, both Oyo and Lagos state governor’s as call for calm.

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