From Matthew Jwantu, Minna
Police in Central Nigeria on Monday battled in vain to disperse youths protesting against the bad state of roads in Minna, the capital of Niger State.
About 500 members of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYC), as early as 6am local time barricaded roads, demanding that government must fix bad roads in the city to curb accidents.
Police fired teargas and rubber bullets at the protesters but could not disperse them.
The protesters fled during the brutality but regrouped after few hours singing an anti-government song, “Nigeria Jaga-jaga” by Eedris Abdulkareem.
“People are suffering and dying over deplorable roads every day and Government both state and Federal is not doing any thing about it,” leader of the group, Bello Sheriff said.
Another Official, Mohammad Estu added that “Federal Roads in Niger State have caused loss of lives, crippling economic and social activities in the State.”
The youths gave 72hrs to the State to start work on all bad roads, including abandoned projects, and enforce the restrictions on the movement of trucks on the State’s roads.