The Ogun State government has said the disturbances recorded early on Monday in Sagamu area of the state was politically motivated.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, Kunle Somorin.
People claiming to protest against naira scarcity attacked three banks, including: First Bank, Keystone Bank and Union Bank setting them on fire.
The statement in full:
The politically motivated protest in Sagamu
Early this morning, a politically motivated violent protest took place in Sagamu during which innocent people, banks and public infrastructures were attacked by some disgruntled members of the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), whose members and some of the party’s candidates were seen leading the demonstration.
While the protests was purportedly against the “scarcity of naira notes”, the real intention of these elements became obvious with the involvement of the known PDP members.
It is on record that the campaign tour of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which moved through Simawa to Ogijo and back to Sagamu, where two road were commissioned yesterday, ended without any hitch. The APC rally was attended by tens of thousands of people at different locations, lasting from about 8.00 am in the morning and 8.00pm in the evening without any violence, quarrel or disagreements whatsoever.
We believe strongly that it was the success of the APC rally of yesterday that got the feeble opposition PDP frustrated and therefore made their members to embark on the mindless destruction of properties.
The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has been on top of the fallouts of the naira re-design issues. The Governor had visited the Central Bank headquarters in Abeokuta and some other commercial Banks’s branches, met with the bankers forum , met with Mr President alongside with other Progressive Governors and made a state broadcast to empathize with Ogun people with a reassurance that efforts are on to ameliorate the negative impacts of the implementation of the CBN policy on the people. .
Attacks on innocent people and destruction of private and public properties cannot solve the current problem but will rather worsen the situation. Therefore, we must not allow desperate politicians to mislead members of the public and use them as cannon to vent frustration.
THIS IS NOT WHO WE ARE WE ARE OMOLUABIS . We are the MOST PEACEFUL STATE IN NIGERIA AND THE INDUSTRIAL CAPITAL OF THE COUNTRY.
Our people should exercise patience and be law abiding, while waiting to cast their votes to the party that has stood by the populace even at this critical period.
Our Law enforcement team are already investigating this unfortunate development and any persons directly or indirect culpable will face the full wrath of the law no matter how highly placed.