The Delta State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has arrested at least nine suspects in connection with the burning of two commercial banks in Warri on Wednesday.
There was an earlier reports that some angry youths in Warri, Delta State, on Wednesday, set blaze some branches of Access Bank and Union Bank while protesting against the protracted scarcity of new Naira notes that has affected many businesses across the country.
Videos that have now gone viral show the angry youths protesting around the Udu road axis disrupting vehicular movements and destroying valuable properties in the area.
The protest was said to have been caused by the inability of the banks’ ATMs to dispense the new naira notes while they have started rejecting the old notes.
Police Public Relations Officer of the Delta State Command, SP Edafe Bright, confirmed that nine suspects had been arrested so far.
“Two banks were set ablaze, Access and Union banks, and two vehicles also. Nine suspects so far arrested,” Edafe said.
Commercial banks stopped accepting deposits of old naira notes on Monday, apparently acting on instruction of the CBN, which is insisting on the February 10 deadline it set after extending it from the earlier 31st January.