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NBA appeals to Ibadan residents for calm over cash crunch, fuel hike

Empathising with the residents, the NBA noted that the destruction of properties by protesters was uncalled for.

• February 6, 2023
Ibadan residents queue for fuel
Ibadan residents queue for fuel

The Ibadan branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Monday urged Oyo State residents, especially youths, to be patriotic and not to take laws into their hands.

The association’s chairperson, Folasade Aladeniyi, stated in Ibadan that the advice had become expedient going by persistent upheavals in the Oyo State capital.

She listed one of such upheavals as that surrounding the new cashless policy of the CBN, which has led to a cash crunch and vandalism of banks’ premises and equipment.

The hike in the pump price of petrol, she noted, had also led to skirmishes in some parts of Ibadan.

She also observed that in Ibadan, some residents resorted to the destruction of campaign posters and billboards and attacks on political groups and protesters.

Ms Aladeniyi noted that the destruction of property was uncalled for and called on those who engaged in it to backtrack.

“The truth is that the above issues have caused uproar in some parts of Ibadan and led to the breach of the law.

“It has also affected the state’s economy and brought plights on legal practitioners, workers, artisans and business owners.

“The NBA admonishes all residents of Ibadan, especially youths, to be peaceful, loving and law-abiding,’’ she stressed.

Ms Aladeniyi also enjoined the state government and security agencies to live up to their constitutional responsibility of protecting law and property.

“The security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government as stipulated by the 1999 Constitution,’’ she stressed. 


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