The people living in Minna, the capital city of Niger State, have held a protest due to the growing expenses of everyday life in the country.
The protest began at 7 a.m. on Monday when a group of women blocked Minna-Bida Road at the well-known Kpakungu roundabout to voice their concerns about the increasing prices of food items.
According to newsmen the police’s attempts to manage the crowd almost led to violence as the protesters demanded the police to leave. This forced the police to fire multiple shots into the air.
The police fired gunshots to scatter the residents who were protesting. The protesters prevented any vehicles from moving.
One of the young people, Ibrahim Gana, who talked to reporters, said that rice was being sold for N2,000 per mudu at the markets in Minna, while maize was priced at N1,000 per measure.
Another person protesting, Isah Bello, expressed his main worry about how people will handle the situation during Ramadan when Muslims fast. He emphasized the importance of the authorities taking necessary action before the situation becomes uncontrollable.