Chidi Odikalu-led anti-government protest storm Aso Villa, denied access to Villa by armed policemen

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Reports and photographs emailed to our newsroom show the Chidi Odikalu-led anti-government protesters currently at the entrance of the presidential villa, Abuja.

They had earlier converged on Unity Fountain before marching on to the nation's seat of power demanding the resignation of the ailing president and other issues.

Led by Aisha Yesufu, co-convener of Bring Back Our Girls movement, and Chidi Odikalu, former chairman of the Human Rights Commission, the protesters were prevented from gaining access to Aso Rock.

Despite that, they chanted anti-government songs, lamenting that “there is hardship in the land”.

Speaking at the entrance of the villa, Odinkalu said the current leaders have failed.

“Our leaders have failed us. We are asking the government to fix energy, fight corruption. Those are our demands,” he said.

“We are reiterating that our leaders have failed us. Enough is enough!”

The pro-government group under the aegis of the Buhari Volunteer Network also joined their opponents.

Security agents ensured that there was no confrontation between both groups.
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