Three persons have been shot dead in Benin City, capital of Edo State, when angry youths staged a protest against naira scarcity.
The angry residents who took to the streets to show their grievances lamented inability to access their money in commercial banks.
One of the victims was killed closed to the Central Bank Nigeria (CBN) Office in Benin, while two were said to have died at the Sokponba road axis during attempt by the protesters to attack banks in the area.
Trouble was said to have started when some of persons came to the CBN to deposit their money in compliance with the bank’s regulation of depositing old bank notes.
It was gathered that while this was going on, an unmarked Toyota vehicle came to the gate of CBN trying to gain entry but was stopped by those who were already at the bank.
The protesters attempted to break into the State branch of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) located along Akpakpava Street, a commercial nerve centre in Benin City, where most commercial banks are also located. Thereafter, they attacked some commercial banks located in the area.
DAILY GIST reported that similar protests have occurred in Ondo, Kwara, Oyo and Delta states.
Many Nigerians are currently unable to obtain the new N200, N500, and N1,000 notes, resulting in hardship and suffering in the country.
This led the youths in various parts of the country to stage protest against the development.