Naira scarcity: Angry customers lock up banks in Edo, barricade Ring Road


Aggrieved customers

By Jethro Ibileke

Angry customers on Friday vented their anger on banks located around the Benin City center, the Ring Road, following their inability to make withdrawals both from the banking halls and their Automated Teller Machines (ATM).

The aggrieved customers, mostly youths, also barricaded the entire Ring Road and its adjoining streets, thereby compelling motorists and pedestrians to use alternative routes.

They converted the major road into a football field, even as they chanted various songs of displeasure.

Frantic efforts made by security operatives to dissuade the aggrieved customers fell on deaf ears.

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One of the aggrieved customers who spoke on the condition of anonymity, wondered why they should struggle to get the money that they suffered to earn.

He said he has been at the bank for several hours to make some withdrawals, without success.

Another customers who said that the condition has been so tough, alleged that the government cajoled them to deposit their money into the bank with the promise of giving them the naira notes, but could not make any withdrawal after visiting several ATM points.

He, therefore, called on the government to wade in before the situation snowballs into major crisis.

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