Angry indigenes of two Delta communities on Monday protested the absence of banking institutions in the area.
The protesters, reports said, were armed with broken bottles, and cutlasses as they took to various streets with war songs demanding for the immediate operations of banking institutions in Isiokolo, Kokori, Okpara Water inland, Ethiope local government area of Delta state.
Although, the protest caused serious tension in the areas, but eyewitness, Jacob Movie, told our reporter that there was causality as the protest lasted several hours before they were stopped by security agents.
It was gathered that residents and indigenes of the areas currently pay through their noses at POS stands to often secure cash withdrawals, and in most cases they pay N100 for withdrawal, others attract N1,000 and above,
It was further gathered that the higher the amount a customer is withdrawing, the higher the interest it will attract as transaction fee.
But investigation revealed that the POS usually fail over network problems as the operators make huge profit from the business on daily basis: a situation the angry residents described as punishment.
Speaking to our reporter, leader of the protesting residents, Okiemutie Ogheneovo, said “Why is it difficult for us to have banks in our areas? We are suffering, most times, we will travel to And Ughelli town, how can we cope with this mess? We will continue to speak until government or whoever will answer us, some times coming from Ughelli robbers may attack us and take the money from us.”
Also,Godwin Ukane who spoke in the same vain said ” POS operators are milking us dry in the part of Delta state, they know if we like it or not, we must withdraw money, we are suffering in these areas, We want Banking institutions pls”
A POS operator who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity noted that the business sometimes will be poor following network problems, but expressed concerns that the only hindrance to their business more often, is network.
Further investigation revealed that Isiokolo, Okpara water land, Kokori are under continued siege of armed robbers, a situation bank executives moved out of the areas to Ughelli town.
But the police spokesman in the state, DSP Aniamaka Andrew, said the problems have been the youths who allegedly work with armed robbers to attack banking institutions in the areas.