Residents of Lokoja, the Kogi State capital awoke last Friday and Saturday to find that the state government sent bulldozers during the night to destroy the city’s five major roundabouts. Lokoja residents who hit the streets early Friday morning on their way to their places of work suffered some directional confusion when they could not see the sprawling Lugard Roundabout, situated right in front of the Government House. It was erected many years ago in memory of Lord Fredrick Lugard, the British colonial potentate who once ruled from Lokoja.
Citizens were still wondering whether the move represented an overthrow of colonial legacies by a new, revolutionary state government led by the youthful Governor Yahaya Bello when they woke up on Saturday and found that another prominent city landmark, Paparanda Square, had been demolished. Insofar as this square also dates back to colonial times, they still thought that Governor Yahaya Bello is a closet Communist who wants to erase all traces of the British Empire from his state capital.
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