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Niger residents protest over high cost of food

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Youths and women of Niger State have taken to the streets of Minna, protesting over what they called the biting hardship and the rising cost of living in the country.
The protest started when a group of women blocked Minna-Bida Road at the popular Kpakungu Roundabout on monday, lamenting what they termed the suffering under the Bola Tinubu government. They were later joined by men and youths stopping vehicles from moving.
The protest occurred in the morning when some of the youths began speaking in the Hausa language, lamenting how the country’s economy was getting worse under the leadership of Ahmed Tinubu.
One of the youths, who gave his name as Ibrahim Gana, said, Rice was sold at the cost of N2,000 at Minna markets while maize was N1,000 per module (measure).
A deployment of police operatives to the scene could not stop the youths from the protest as some of them could be heard saying that the police were the agents of the government and they could not do anything.
The Niger State police Command spokesman, Wasiu Abiodun, who reacted to the protest, said the police had to apply minimum force to disperse the protesters.

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