Breaking News: Protesters Block Ore-Benin Road, As Zenith Banks Close Offices

Breaking News: Protesters Block Ore-Benin Road, As Zenith Banks Close Offices

By Our Correspondent

Protesters are said to have blocked Ore-Benin expressway this morning.

The SUPREME gathered that, the protesters mainly youths barricaded both sides of the road, with woods, tyres and big iron rods, preventing travellers from continuing their journeys.

One of the travellers, a security officer, who spoke to The SUPREME at about 12.15pm on phone, who does not want his name mentioned said, “they blocked the roads since 8am. People coming from the East through Benin axis to Lagos are stranded. We who are leaving Lagos no way for us. We are thinking of going through the villages. But we don’t know if they have also blocked the villages.”

We gathered that, they are protesting against fuel scarcity and shortage of Naira notes in banks.

Some of them are said to be complaining that, they have not eaten since yesterday because banks are not releasing money to them.. Others are calling on President Muhamnadu Buhari to order Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to extend the deadline for returning of old Naira notes, and to release more new Naira notes into circulation.

Ore-Benin road is the major link road between the East, South-South and the West.

Meanwhile, the Zenith bank has closed its offices in Delta and Lagos states .

Investigations reveal that, Delta State branches stopped attending to customers yesterday while, all branches in Lagos have closed down.
A staff in one of the branches told The SUPREME on phone at about 1pm today that, “we didn’t go to work today. Management said we should close down. So all the branches didn’t open in Lagos today. I don’t know when we will resume.”

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