Abiodun Says Tuesday Naira Notes Riot Anticipated, Pays Visit To Protest Victim at FMC
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has said the Tuesday’s banks customers riot in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital over Naira notes was anticipated, and there are moves to pre-empt it.
According to the governor, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has the right to redesign the naira notes, while people in the state have the rights to their deposits in banks.
The governor stated this during a visit to the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta to check the condition of Gabriel Michael who was shot by the police at Sapon, Abeokuta, during the Tuesday’s violent protest by angry banks customers.
Abiodun said himself and other governors anticipated the violent protests and visited President Muhammadu Buhari and the CBN on the need to pre-empt it.
The governor also reminded people of the state that he visited the branch office of the CBN in Abeokuta, last Monday during which he engaged the CBN branch comptroller and members of the bankers forum on the scarcity of the new Naira notes.
During the visit, the governor said that the CBN Controller and the Bankers Forum promised that they would used the Naira notes being expected from Lagos on Monday to begin paying customers on Tuesday.
People in the state, according to the governor, felt they had been pushed to the wall, after complying with the directives of the CBN to deposit their old N200, N500 and N1,000 in the banks, and found it difficult to withdraw from their account.
Meanwhile, Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State has said that the timely intervention by Governor Dapo Abiodun saved the life of Gabriel Michael, who was hit by stray bullets during protests by angry customers on Tuesday in Abeokuta.
The hospital Medical Director, Professor Musa Olomu, said the governor’s intervention assisted the facility to mobilize adequate human and material resources to give Michael, a special treatment.
Musa Olomu speaking during the visit of the governor to the victim at the hospital on Wednesday, said the governor’s assistance enable the facility to immediately mobilize a pool of doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other health professional to attend to the boy.
According to the medical director, at least six pints of blood was infused into the boy, who had lost a lot of blood, before being rushed to the hospital
Professor Musa Olomu explained that the stray bullets which hits him on the arm, ruptured a major vessel to his upper limb.
The medical director said the bullets almost penetrated the heart of the boy.
The medical condition of the boy, according to him, was now stable.