Protesters set bonfire on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway over naira scarcity


Protesters set bonfire on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway over naira scarcity

Protesters shut the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway at Sango-Ota on Tuesday over their inability to withdraw money from Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).

They made bonfires of disused tyres on both sides of the highway, causing serious traffic gridlock.

Some protesters told journalists that the current cash crunch had created serious pains and agonising moments.

The leader of the protesters, Kazeem Sanni, described the situation where bank customers could not access their money as unfortunate.

He said it had been double jeopardy for customers as the banks would neither load their ATMs with money nor allow depositors into the banking halls to make withdrawals.

CBN already instructed banks to load their ATMs with cash and allow depositors to withdraw a maximum of N20,000 across the counter.

“The situation is really pathetic as this has grounded and paralysed business activities,’’ Mr Sanni lamented. “We decided to demonstrate to show our grievances as we can no longer bear this hardship.”

A protester, Rotimi Odubanjo, noted that the inability to withdraw money from banks had inflicted untold discomfort on the people.

“We need the federal government to come to our assistance and ease this cash and fuel scarcity,’’ he said.

He said the twin scarcity of fuel and money had crippled economic activities and led to hunger.

It was observed that banks in the area were closed to customers, and the ATMs were also not dispensing cash.

Police, military and paramilitary personnel at the protest scene calming the protesters.

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