As violent protesters entered the Sagamu Local Government secretariat and took the mace from the council’s legislative body, the ongoing demonstration in Ogun state took a new turn.
During the demonstration against the country’s cash shortage, which got under way on Monday morning, February 20, two banks were set on fire.
Kayode Segun-Okeowo, a prominent youth figure in the community, has already denounced the project and claimed that it is a “motivated devastation.” He stated:
“This is not a protest. I’m a comrade and understand the ABC of protest. It’s motivated to cause destruction.
“Those behind this must be stopped.”
Punch reported that the protesters later advanced to the council secretariat, invaded offices and made away with the mace. They shattered windows and broke doors at the secretariat.
The council chairman, Afolabi Odulate who confirmed theft of the mace said;
“Yes, they did invade the secretariat. No one was attacked. We had moved workers away before they arrived here.
“They stole the mace. Yes, they did.”
Odulate said normalcy had returned as police and soldiers had taken over the community.