By Onome Oghenetega
Traffic at the Oghara section of the East-West Road in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State is currently at a standstill as #EndSARS protesters on Saturday took over the busy road causing gridlock on the Expressway.
Oghara is the hometown of former Delta State governor, Chief James Ibori.
The protesters numbering over two thousand demanded an end to police brutality and total disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad now known as Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) by the Inspector-General of Police.
They are also demanding urgent fixing of the Benin/Sapele section of the East-West Road which is now in a deplorable condition.
Hundreds of vehicles heading towards Warri and Benin are currently stocked in the gridlock.
One of the protesters told NIGER DELTA TODAY (NDT) Online, “We are protesting police brutality, extortion and harassment of our people in Oghara. Even as we protest, police are still extorting money and harassing our people.
“We are also using the protest to register our displeasure with the Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari over the current state of the Benin-Sapele section of the East-West Road. Oghara is completely cut off from other parts of the country.
“The Federal Government should urgently come and fix the road. We are going to sustain this protest until our demands are met.”
At the time of filing this report, the protesters are still laying siege to the road vowing not to leave for traffic.