Some commercial banks were forced to close abruptly on Friday when scores of market women barricaded the Warri-Sapele Road and NPA Expressway to protest naira crisis bedeviling the nation.
The protesters besieged the entrance of the United Bank for Africa and Union Bank located near Main Market, Warri.
The traders, who bore placards and leaves, lamented the inability to sell their goods in the past few days, owing to the cashless policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) and scarcity of the redesigned naira notes.
They burnt tyres along the ever-busy roads to register their frustration, causing heavy gridlock.
Rejecting the cashless policy of the apex bank, they demanded the banks should release their monies to enable them carryout their legitimate businesses.
Echoes of “our fish dey spoil o”, our foods dey rotten” were heard as the women protested from the Main Market axis of Warri Sapele Road to Delta Broadcasting Station located at the Edjeba axis of NPA Expressway, Warri.
Security operatives were spotted addressing the angry traders, who insisted the banks pay their money.
One of the traders lamented that she stayed in shop all through Thursday without selling a dime.
“Our children are hungry, we cannot sell, we cannot do transfer, we cannot withdraw our money. I stayed in shop throughout yesterday and sold nothing. People who want to buy things tried to transfer money but could not. What is happening?” she queried.