The violent demonstration that was previously reported in Sagamu, Ogun State, took on a new dimension when the protestors broke into the Sagamu Local Government secretariat and stole the legislative house’s mace.
Early on Monday, when irate youths set fire to two banks in Sagamu, there had been a violent demonstration that shook the town.
Several youths blocked highways and lit bonfires in front of the palace of the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, to start the protest that was blamed on the dearth of naira.
Two commercial bank branches, Keystone and Union, reportedly caught fire in the town.
Reacting to the incident, a youth leader in the town, Kayode Segun-Okeowo condemned the development.
Oke-Owo described the act as a “motivated destruction and not a protest.”
“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.”
Afterwards, the demonstrators made their way to the council secretariat, broke into offices, and stole the mace.
At the secretariat, the demonstrators are said to have destroyed doors and broken glass.
Afolabi Odulate, the council’s chairman, verified the development.
“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.
He, however, said normalcy had returned as police and soldiers had taken the community.