Update #1: 9:35am
Update #2: 9:46 am – eyewitness account quote
Protests going hand-in-hand with significant vandalism have been reported in Ojota, Mile 12 and Agege areas of Lagos.
Witnesses in Ketu- Mile 12 have confirmed that the protest erupted when some drivers and motorpark touts could not agree on whether to collect the old notes or not.
“I was on my way to Ibadan early this morning but went back because my money was rejected and when the violence started, they shattered windscreen of vehicles plying Ketu towards Ojota axis,” Okoro Afor an eyewitness said.
“It started from an issue of rejecting old notes, the whole episode lasted for about one hour,” another witness, an agbero in Ketu said.
“It was a violent reaction to rejection of the notes by drivers and some agbero,” said James, a belt-seller on the street who was around when the fracas started.
Uneasy calm has returned to the locations and riot police can be seen on both sides of the expressway.
According to our reporter, actors in the early morning violence have disappeared, but the destruction in their wake bear witness to what transpired earlier.
Benjamin Hundeyin, Police spokesman in Lagos confirmed the breakdown of law and order in the Mile 12-Ketu-Ojota axis but said security agents are on ground to quell the crisis.
It is true. Our men are there. Reinforcement units have been deployed.
Stay safe out there as we closely monitor and manage the situation. https://t.co/6ztGGNJ0Z3
— SP Benjamin Hundeyin (@BenHundeyin) February 17, 2023
Other areas where protests are currently being reported include Iyana Oba, Oke koto, and Igando.
Update: this is the list of Certain hot zones in Lagos and should be avoided for now.
As fighting, shooting and other assault are currently going on. pic.twitter.com/NTeLZFPpRj
— HonourableFM (@honourable_fm) February 17, 2023
This is coming seven days to Nigeria’s presidential election scheduled for February 25.