A’Ibom: Scores Injured As Protesting Youths, Security Agencies Clash Over Demands On Derivation

By The Evangelist News Edition, Tuesday August 29, 2023. Admin.

There was pandemonium on Tuesday in Uyo, the State capital of Akwa Ibom State as aggrieved youths under the aegis of Niger Delta Advocacy Movement (NDAM) and Ibom Youth Council (IYC) embarked on a protest demanding a 5 per cent share from the 13 per cent Oil derivation.

The angry youths drawn from some other Oil producing states of the Niger Delta were protesting towards the State Government House along Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo when security operatives stopped them 200 meters from the seat of government.

An eyewitness who spoke to our reporter said that the police opened teargas to disperse them.

According to the source, scores were injured as they scampered for safety when the security agencies swooped on them.

Some residents of the area including Eka Street, Asutan Street and Udoh Street said when they heard gunshots and people running, seeking to take refuge in their Houses and offices they panicked

The source disclosed “Several Offices were forced to lock up Office for fear of the unknown.

“The protesting youths were many in number and the whole thing almost led to a stampede. They were at the Wellington Bassey Way roundabout leading to the government House when the police stopped them from proceeding to the government House”, Another source said.

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