Anti-Jega protesters storm Lagos metropolis
AGITATION for the sack of Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, which was started on Friday by the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in the South-East, heightened in Lagos yesterday with protesters calling for his immediate removal before the March 28 elections.
Hundreds of protesters under the aegis of Coalition of Concerned Nigerians, which included members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation stormed the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the morning.
They gathered at the 7UP/Toll Gate end of the expressway, chanting anti-Jega songs and distributing leaflets, which contained seven reasons why the INEC boss should be sacked.
Some of the protesters, suspected to be beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s SURE-P programme were also present.
There was heavy presence of policemen during the protest that lasted several hours, as the protesters headed for the National Stadium, Surulere, through Ikorodu Road, where they were expected to hold a rally.
Vehicular movement was brought to a halt while the protesters distributed their leaflets.
The leaflet also contained what the group described as the achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan and why the he should be re-elected.
Commercial bus drivers cashed in on the heavy traffic build up along the highway that stretched as far as Gbagada and the Long Bridge on the expressway to hike transport fares.