Naira crisis: 15 arrested over destruction of 3 banks in Akwa Ibom

a a police patrol team
a a police patrol team

By Sunday Bassey

At least 15 people have been arrested over alleged destruction of banks during protests over scarcity of Naira notes in Oron Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

NAN quoted an eyewitness as confirming that three banks located along Oron Road in the local government and a cold Room belonging to a member of National Assembly were destroyed during the protest.

SP Odiko MacDon, the spokesperson to the Akwa Ibom police command confirmed the arrest to newsmen in Oron on Sunday.

“We received information that some banks were attacked in Oron local government and the police immediately swung into action.

“As we speak about 15 people have been arrested in connection with the incident,” MacDon said.

“The Commissioner of Police, Mr Olatoye Durosinmi expressed sadness about the situation and directed Divisional Police Officers in the affected local governments to ensure that there is no further break down of law and order,” he said.


MacDon added that commissioner has called on residents to be law abiding as anyone caught vandalising public property would be dealt with decisively.

He said that the Police would do everything possible to ensure that Akwa Ibom remained one of the most peaceful state in Nigeria.

Residents are already afraid that banks in the area may not open on Monday following alleged directive by the union of bank employees to their members not to go to work where there were attacks on banking facilities.