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Ekiti residents shun #June12Protests, keep off streets

Kayode Alfred, Ado Ekiti

In what appears like apprehension and fear of being attacked, many residents of Ado-Ekiti and other cities in Ekiti state stayed indoors on a day marking the June 12 democracy day.

Also, business activities suffered major set back, as most of the shops and business premises were under lock and key.

This could not be unconnected with the threats of the planned protests by some groups and Civil Society Organisations to vent their angers on the increasing poverty, hunger , bad governance and insecurity in the country.

When crew moved round the state capital, it was discovered that only few commercial motorcyclists and drivers, who were fond of hitting the streets and major roads before 6:00am resumed for work.

However, it was noticed that large number of combined forces of the police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Amotekun Corps and soldiers were seen manning strategic positions at the popular Fajuyi junction, the venue of most protests in the state capital.

As of 1pm, only few commercial drivers and cyclists were seen on the ever busy Ajilosun-Ijigbo-Basiri and Fajuyi-Adebayo routes plying their trades, with few premises opened for business transactions.

The Oja Oba and the Irona markets as well as other market centred suffered similar fate, as only few people were on guard to transact businesses with the people.

In a bid to prevent any break down of law, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Babatunde Mobayo ordered the deployment of additional operatives to complement the existing ones in all strategic points in the State.

Mobayo, in a statement by the Command’s Spokesman, ASP Sunday Abutu, implored all residents to go about their lawful businesses without apprehension, while celebrating the June 12 democracy day.

He said that there wasn’t any restriction of movement as being spread around, urging the people to disregard the rumour of sit -down -at -home order.

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