Hundreds of youths yesterday took over the streets of Kuje town in the FCT and barricaded Kuje/Gwagwalada road to protest the removal of fuel subsidy even as the police in the area arrested five persons in connection with the protest.
The protest, which started in the morning and lasted for several hours, forced many residents to remain indoors as the protesters, wielding big sticks and carrying leaves, set bonfires across the major roads in the community.
Sources who spoke to Daily Trust in Kuje said some hoodlums later used the opportunity to dispossess people who opened shops. “Some of them came to our shops and looted our valuables as well as food items,” a resident said.
A protester, Abdullahi Sarki, however denied the allegation that some of them looted people’s property, saying: “How can we steal people’s goods when we are all out to protect the interest of the common man by protesting this wicked policy called subsidy removal?”
Kenny Ogungbe said the protest became necessary to send a signal to government that the masses are not happy with the current crisis it created throughout the country.
Another protester, Samson Dim, described the protest as a peaceful one and asked the government to reverse the price of petrol to its old rate. He further stated that government must listen to the wish of the people who elected them in the first place.
The youths marched through the secretariat road to the house of the council chairman who could not be reached by the angry protesters.
Mobile policemen later arrived the scene in two armoured personnel carriers and dispersed the protesters and arrested not less than five persons.
Men of Abuja crime control squad, the SSS and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were seen patrolling the streets in Kuje.
Kuje Divisional Police Officer, Mr. Danladi Isah, said the police will continue to maintain law and order in the area.