Youths in Akure riot against Gov. Mimiko.

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Youths of Akure origin have protested against the Ondo state Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko ,describing him as “not youth friendly”.
The youths who chanted war songs and used unprintable words against the governor said they were angry with the governor and the Labour Party government in the state over their refusal to allow them make use of the “Democracy Park” for their 2014 Youth Carnival.
The protesting youths who put barricades on the Oba Adesida road to prevent vehicles moving on the road explained to” NewAnewngonline’ that they had earlier sent letters to the government requesting permission to use the “Democracy Park” as well as advertised the carnival on both the print and electronic media and there was no response to the contrary while these lasted.
They noted that the popular Fuji musician, Saheed Osupa and his band that was invited all the way from Lagos had arrived the state capital the previous night but the state government still went ahead to stop the event.
A leading member of the organizing committee of the carnival while commenting told journalists that they had spent huge amount of money to prepare for the event only for the money to go down the drain as a result of what he termed “high handedness on the part of the government”.
The youths lamented that after being driven by security operatives from the ‘Democracy Park” they moved to Akure Town Hall not too distant from there, but the policemen still chased them away.
While the protest lasted, normal activities around the town hall, as well as the Oba market became disrupted as market women and traders at the Oba market hurriedly closed shops and fled the scene.
All efforts by the Akure Regent, Princess Adetutu Adesida to intervene in the matter as her palace is just a walking distance to the scene proved abortive as the security men stood their grounds and stopped the event from holding.
Meanwhile, the Ondo state Commissioner of Police, Mr Isaac Eke has told journalists that the event was not allowed to hold because it may be hijacked by hoodlums following challenges of insecurity in the country being perpetrated by Boko Haram group.
As at the time of this report, calm is gradually returning to the Oba Adesida road area with policemen still seen patrolling the state capital in order to forestall any problem especially with people celebrating Easter.

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