Traders In Nnewi Shut Down Eight Major Markets To Protest Arrest Of Some Members
Nigeria News – Traders In Nnewi Shut Down Eight Major Markets To Protest Arrest Of Some Members
To protest the arrest of some of their members, on Wednesday, traders in Nnewi town of Anambra State shut down eight (8) major markets in the industrial city.
The protesting traders demanded the unconditional release of their colleagues who they said were arrested by the police and paraded by the police as suspected members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
During the protest, members of the trader’s union, lamented alleged intimidation by the police and the military.
Gabriel Chibueze, the chairman of Agboedo Motor Spare Parts Dealers Association (AMSPDA), told journalists that the detained persons were traders. The chairman also threatened that business activities will be shut down throughout the state if their members are not released.
“We are calling on police authorities to immediately release our members. They are not IPOB members.
“They are genuine traders doing their legitimate businesses in this market when security officers came into their shops to pick them. The arrested traders could not have been involved in the fracas because the location of the protest was not close to the market.
“The place the protest took place is far from the market.
“In order to ensure that the fracas didn’t escalate to the market, we, the executive, closed down all entrances leading to the market while our members continued their businesses.
“Suddenly, we saw a combined team of Police and Army, who broke the entrance gates to the market and started beating our members. They arrested both masters and their apprentices.
“We quickly rushed to the Area Command where we made a complaint but the Area Commander turned down our complaint, saying we will put him in trouble,” the chairman stated.
The police had also reported that, during the clash, one of its officers was killed.
After a clash between the security agencies and outlawed group, on Sunday, the police had paraded 33 suspected members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who were arrested.