Major streets in Akure, the Ondo State capital have been deserted on Saturday as business activities were paralysed and shops owners and traders stayed indoors for fear of crisis that may arise from the June 12 protest as Nigeria marks Democracy Day.
Our correspondent, who went around, observed that residents stayed indoors while few vehicles were seen on the road.
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Youths in their numbers moved around the Sunshine State’s capital in peaceful protest.
The youths, who stormed major streets as early as 8:00 am, protested against what they described as President Buhari’s insensitivity to killings and insecurity across the country, carrying various placards to express their grievances.
Armed with placards with various inscriptions like: “We are practicing a civilian dictatorship government”, “No to Grandpa’s regime” among others, the youths emphasized that the security situation in the country was now alarming as no one is safe any longer.
As at the time of writing this report, popular Oba Adesida Road, Arakale, Ondo Road, Nepa, Hospital and Oyemekun were still deserted.
Daily Trust gathered that the situation is the same in other major cities in the state as residents deserted all public places including markets and motor parks.
Meanwhile, policemen and heavily-armed soldiers were on patrol to forestall the breakdown of law and order.