By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
A coalition of youth movements and civil society organizations in Minna were joined by heavy duty trucks drivers to block the Minna City Gate along Minna – Suleja road and stopped all vehicular movements from about 12 noon on Monday.
The protesters in their hundreds teed off at Mobil Roundabout as early as 7:30 in the morning. They stopped over at the State Secretariat roundabout to register their angst against bad governance, growing insecurity in Niger state, poor electricity supply by the Abuja Distribution Company whereas youth elsewhere in other parts of the country are protesting against the brutality of the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad, (SARS).
Their point of convergence shifted to the Minna City gate, a couple of metres away where they mounted road blockades using.
All vehicles coming into Minna, the state capital or going out ended their trip at the Minna City gate.
Trailer drivers and other heavy duty trucks drivers recklessly abandoned their trucks on the roads along the triangle of the Western Bye pass, the road opposite the state Secretariat!House of Assembly, the Eastern Bye pass opposite the legislators Quarters to form long queues of vehicles.
Angry commuter were compelled to come out of their vehicles amidst the scotching afternoon sun.
On the fringes of the roads along the City gate, the Minna General Western and Eastern By-pass were pedestrians who were forced to abandon the vehicles they were onboard to trek back to their destinations.
Our correspondent observed that commercially motorcycles operators quickly cashed in on the development and had milled around the walkways at the front of the House of Assembly, the state Secretariat and the road on the Western By-pass to convey distraught persons on transit.
In some locations in front of Doko Hotels, Dogon Koli Hotels and in front of the Matrix Fuel Service station, there were squabbles between some youths and some road users who wanted to break pass the blockades.
At the time of filing this report, no security personnel were sighted near the City gate nor anywhere along the highways.
It was not certain too if the organisers of the protest would remain at the blocked roads or they were done with the stand up.