Banks shut as pro-Fayose protests paralyse Ado-Ekiti

Banks shut as pro-Fayose protests paralyse Ado-Ekiti

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 2:53 pm

•Ayo Fayose: protesters paralyse capital

•Ayo Fayose: protesters paralyse capital

Commercial activities were on Tuesday paralysed in Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti state in western Nigeria following the blockade of several roads leading to the state.

All the banks in the state capital and most shops were shut.

Mr Adeojo Taiwo, a civil servant told NAN that he experienced hardship before getting to his place of work, adding that commercial and taxi drivers refused to work.

He described his experience as a sad one, attributing the development to the insistence of the 19 APC lawmakers to impeach Gov. Ayodele Fayose.

On the peaceful protest, Adeojo said that it was done in support of the governor.

He said that the protest was not done by the civil servants alone, as they were joined by the market women and other lovers of peace in the state.

Mrs Modupe Adegboyega, an artisan described Fayose as a man who was elected by the people of the state and who could only be removed by the same people.

She appealed to the aggrieved lawmakers to allow Fayose serve Ekiti people without distraction and give peace a chance in the state.

Armed security men also today barricaded all roads leading to the Ekiti State Secretariat, the building that houses the State House of Assembly.

The civil servants could not get to their offices as they were turned back by the security men.

The workers returned home as they could not confront the combined force of armed policemen and personnel of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The secretariat complex was blocked by Armoured Tank and other security patrol vehicles.

An Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Funsho Adegboye, led a team of security men that took over the secretariat and the House of Assembly complex.

Adegboye advised a group of protesters that converged at the legislative building to return home until peace returned to the state.

He told the labour leaders to caution their members so that the purported peaceful protest would not be hijacked by miscreants.

The Assistant Secretary-General of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr Femi Adebo, said members of the union were only out to stage a peaceful protest in support of the present administration.

“Gov. Fayose assumed office less than six months ago and we, the civil servants in the state, have not seen anything wrong that could warrant his impeachment.

“Our peaceful protest this morning is to tell the whole world that all those rumours against Fayose are not true.

“The politicians must not incite the state civil servants against the government, they must allow peace to reign in Ekiti,” Adebo said.

NAN reports that the protesters carried placards with various inscription such as: “Fayose Has Restored Hope! Leave Him for Us!”

The State Head of Service, Dr Gbenga Faseluka, had before the rally, urged them to ensure that the protest was peaceful.

He thanked the workers for their support for the present administration.

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