The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has released a press statement calling for calm amid the ongoing protests in various parts of the state. The statement, signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, emphasized that there is no need for violence.

The governor assured that he is addressing the issue to prevent the persistent hardship caused by the naira redesign policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The statement reads, “The Lagos State Government is deeply concerned about the protests in some parts of the state this morning. The protesters are reportedly angry about the naira redesign and its resulting scarcity, which has caused a lot of hardship and confusion among our people.”

According to a statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called for calm amidst the ongoing protests in various parts of the state.

The governor believes that violence is unnecessary, especially as the Supreme Court is already looking into the controversial matter and is expected to make its position known on February 22.

Lagos State has joined the legal dispute in the interest of its people, believing that the highest court in the land has the capacity to adjudicate on the matter. While the fuel situation is easing following some steps taken by the government, the statement also praised Lagosians for their understanding despite the pains that the Federal Government’s measures have brought.

The government urges residents to continue to be law-abiding and shun any form of incitement by mischief makers. Mr. Governor is working with his colleagues to ensure that this hardship does not go on.

Earlier on Friday, protests had erupted in various parts of the state over the hardship caused by the naira redesign policy and the inability of residents to access the new notes. Areas such as Lagos-Ikorodu Road, Agege, Iyana-Ipaja, and Igando were all involved in violence that rocked the state. In the Epe area, some hoodlums had used the opportunity of the naira crisis to cause mayhem and destroy some banks, although the police had assured that they were on top of the situation.

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