Want FG To Fix Benin-Warri Road, Warri Refinery
By Onome Oghenetega
Thousands of protesting youths under the aegis #EndSARS in Effurun and Warri in Delta State on Sunday blocked all major routes into the commercial city of Warri and the Effurun-Ughelli section of the busy East-West Road.
The protesters, who occupied the Effurun and DSC (Ebrumede) Roundabouts in Uvwie Council Area of the state, condemned the continued police brutality and harassment young men in the state.
The protest grounded vehicular movement and commercial activities in the twin-city of Warri and Effurun as tens of travellers plying the popular Effurun/Ughelli section of the East-West Road to Port Harcourt and other parts of the country were stranded.
Defiling Sunday services, the protesters converged at the popular Effurun Roundabout at about 7am Sunday before spreading to other major routes including Otokutu Junction in Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state.
Armed with placards bearing different inscriptions, the protesters joined by Warri-based celebrities including Mr. Jollof and MC Aprokoking, said they will sustain the protest until the Federal Government addressed issues of police brutality as well as total reformation of the Nigeria Police Force.
They also demanded for the immediate revamping of the ailing popular Warri Refinery and fixing of the Warri/Effurun-Sapele-Benin portion of the East-West Road which they claimed is currently in a deplorable condition.
Most of the protesters who also bore the Nigerian flag demanded for a new salary scale for security operatives especially men of the Nigeria Police Force, warning that no force would stop the ongoing peaceful protest in the state.
“We are not just protesting against police brutality, we are also calling on the Buhari-led government to address the concerns of Nigerians who are suffering underdevelopment, unemployment, oppression, and other forms of injustices.
“Tell me why is the Warri Refinery which in the past made life beautiful for everyone is today in comatose? We are also demanding full revamping of the Warri Refinery. Warri Refinery should be working.
“As we speak, the Warri/Effurun-Sapele-Benin Road is in terrible state. What about Agbor-Abraka-Effurun Road? They should fix these roads if they don’t want us to protest”, one of the protesters, Efe Jesurume recounted.
As of the time of filing this report, the protesters are still occupying the major roads leading to Warri and other parts of the state.