Angry Youth Set Some Bank Ablaze Over Naira Scarcity In The Country

Some angry youths, on Wednesday, set ablaze some commercial banks on Wednesday in some Nigerian cities as pressure continued to grow over the insufficiency of the new redesigned N200, N500, and N1,000 currency notes.

Police spokesman in Delta State, Bright Edafe, in a Twitter post on Wednesday, said some youths set ablaze two banks and two vehicles in Udu Local Government Area in the state.

Delta State is in South- south Nigeria.

The vehicles were set ablaze at a road junction in Udu, according to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria.

We’ve arrested nine suspects so far, Mr Edafe said. Some persons will still call this protest, he added, seemingly disapproving of the action taken by the youths.

The police spokesman told AFLM around 7: 05p.m. that normalcy had been restored in the area. Everything is calm now, he said.

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In Benin City, Edo State, rioters attacked a good number of banks, including Ecobank, Firstbank and UBA, according to the police spokesman in the state, Chidi Nwabuzor.

They entered into the banks premises, destroyed the ATM machines, the structures, window glasses and others, he said.

The police stopped the rioters from destroying vehicles of road users, Mr Nwabuzor, a superintendent of police, said.

A clip on the Benin riot circulating on social media captured a panicked Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) worker crying out of fear as the police fired teargas at the rioters who tried to invade the bank.

Mr Nwabuzor said the police, including other security agencies, were out on the streets to clamp down the riot.

He said people were using old videos of the Endsars protests to mislead Internet users to think that some people had been killed during the riot.


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