Commuters and motorists passing through Benin City to South South and South East states were stranded as youths barricaded all entry and exit roads following #EndSARS protest in state.
Residents of the state capital had to trek long distance to get to their destination as vehicles were not allowed to ply the road.
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It was gathered that some of the youths barricaded Benin-Lagos highway, some also barricaded the Benin-Auchi and Benin-Agbor road while others take over the Benin-Warri-Port Harcourt road preventing motorists from exiting and entering the city.
The youths set bonfires on the Benin-Auchi and Benin-Agbor road, singing and dancing while at the University of Benin axis of the Benin-Lagos road, the youths cooked lunch on the road.
It was also learnt that driver using bush paths to by-pass the blockade had to pay between N100 and N200 before accessing the road.
A Benin-Auchi bound passenger, Mrs Momodu who spoke to our reporter, lamented that the youths are bringing unnecessary hardship to road users.
” I left Auchi by 9am and this is 4pm, I am just entering the Benin. This is a journey of two hours and this is 4pm, I have not reached my destination,”
“The youth are now using the protest as money making, they are collecting money from drivers who take the bush path to beat the road block,” she said.
One of the protesters who gave his name John Osarodion, said they will continue the protest until the government answered all their demands to end police brutality and other excesses including bad governance.