June 12: Protesters Block Akure-Ibadan Highway
…Akure youths remove blockade
Protesters on Friday caused heavy vehicular traffic at the busy Akure-Ibadan highway by blocking the road and insisting on searching any vehicle plying the route.
It was during the search of a Totoya bus marked Gombe DKU 807 XA that two guns and dangerous weapons were found on travellers inside the bus.
One of the protesters who gave his name as Chankpan said the travellers were coming from the Northern axis of the country.
He said they were handed over to operatives of the Ondo Amotekun Corps.
However, attempts by military personnel to remove the blockade on the Akure-Ibadan highway was resisted by the protesters who insisted on staying on the road.
The protesters said they would continue their protest and must search all vehicles plying the route.
As at press time, the protesters were still on the road even as soldiers ensured the free flow of traffic.
However, the blockade set up by protesters inside Akure town near the Oja Oba was removed by Akure youths.
Akure youths had pledged not to participate in any protest for fear if being hijacked by hoodlums.
Those that removed the blockade said the protesters could continue along major streets.
The protesters had earlier converged at the Post Office junction along the popular Oba Adesida road chanting series of solidarity songs.
Shops and markets were deserted in Akure especially along major roads like the Oba-Ile/Airport road as well as the Oba Adesida-Oyemekun Road.
Leader of the protesters, Barr. Tope Temiokun, urged Nigerians to get set for the 2023 general elections in order to do the needful.
“Today is a day of expression, anger and grievances by the Nigerian people free our states from the shackles of this government.
“We are not even safe in our rooms anymore. If we decided to stay away from the streets, are we safe in our rooms or our farms. It is better to come out to die in the street than to die in our rooms.”