June 12: Akure streets deserted as Youths protest on democracy day
Major streets in Akure, the Ondo state capital have been deserted as shops owners and other traders stayed indoors for fear of crisis that may emanate from the June 12 protest as Nigeria marks Democracy day.
Many residents had engaged in panic buying in the last few days to stock up their homes with foodstuffs for the fear of a possible mayhem which my result from a planned protest by some agitators.
The youths who stormed major streets to protest what they described as president Buhari’s insensitivity to killings and insecurity across the country, carried various placards to express their grievances.
Our correspondent who went round the state capital observed that the popular oba Adesida Road, Arakale, Ondo road, Nepa, Hospital and Oyemekun were deserted while vehicular movement was also light .
Similar situation was recorded at Alagbaka, Oda and Fiwasaye areas as only few vehicles were seeing plying the roads.
The people are apprehensive based on information that some groups of people would be storming the city to stage a protest against all forms of violence in the country and that the protest could be hijacked by hoodlums thereby causing mayhem.
The situation is the same in Ore, Ondo state as residents deserted all public places including markets and motorparks.
Meanwhile, heavily-armed soldiers are patrolling major streets in Ore apparently to ward off any criminal activity.