Thousands of women took to the streets blocking major roads to protest the judgement insisting that no handover of power would be conducted in the state without Lyon. The protests rocked different parts of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, following the Supreme Court’s judgement that stopped the inauguration of Chief David Lyon as the governor of the state.
Riots commenced in the state on Thursday night after the judgement as youths blocked popular roads in Yenagoa, the state capital. The youths, who sang in solidarity displaying the flags of the All Progressives Congress (APC), refused to vacate the roads leaving motorists and commuters stranded.
One of the commuters, who spoke in confidence, said she ran into the obstacle created by the rioters describing her experience as terrible. She said: “It was a terrible experience when I ran into them. They refused to vacate the major road. There was no vehicular movement of any sort. People were forced to return to their homes”. It was learnt that the protesters made bonfires to cover the dual carriageways as they remained there till after midnight.
On Friday morning, the palpable tension that enveloped the capital city forced many people to remain indoors. Hundreds of travellers including police and military personnel are currently stranded at the Kiama Bridge end of the East-West Road. The protesters with the flag of the All Progressives Congress, APC numbering over a hundred, are protesting the ruling of the Supreme Court nullifying the election of David Lyon as the governor-elect of the state.
At about 10:20a.m when Vanguard visited the scene of the protest, vehicular movement on either side of the road had been grounded while a long stretch of traffic gridlock had emerged on both sides of the East-West road. The protesters most of whom are youths, said they are ready for any showdown with security operatives who were seen helplessly staring at the protesters.