Thousands of aggrieved Delta state residents, in Sapele, took over the streets on Wednesday, April 15, in protest to demand an end to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s extension of lockdown order in the state, Vanguard reports.
It would be recalled that the Delta state governor in a broadcast on Tuesday, April 14, announced the extension of the 14-day lockdown for another two weeks and imposed a dusk to dawn curfew.
However, women in their hundreds and thousands defied the order and took their protest to the streets of the town, as early as 7:30 am demanding an end to the lockdown.
It was gathered that some protesters were chanting “we no go gree o, we no go gree” while others“freedom, freedom.” The women were also joined by other residents including artisans, tricycle motorcycle riders, and others.
A woman identified as Madam Tina Akpometiro speaking to the newspaper publication said: “We prefer to come outside and die than to be locked indoor, we have stayed inside for two weeks we can’t go to the market, we can’t go anywhere, we are hungry, we will not accept this”
Another female protester called Oke James said they were tired of staying at home and want to go back to their normal lives. She added that they are hungry and would like to go and fend for themselves.
Jonah Ameh a Keke rider who acknowledged that the governor’s move was the right decision said they were tired of not being able to fend for their family and want an end to the lockdown”
Others who were protesting demanded the immediate release of food items, saying that the people of Delta are hungry.
Hon Eugene Inoaghan, the Sapele local government chairman, who tried to pacify the crowd was openly rebuffed, with the crowd chanting “we want freedom, we want freedom.”
However, after the chairman left there was pandemonium as the crowd confronted security men with stones, which led to the burning of tires and wood.