ByÂ Anayo Okoli
Abaâ€”An Aba based Human Rights group, Justice and Peace Foundation, HRJPF, has condemnedÂ the alleged imposition of what it called â€œillegal levy of N3,000â€ on the traders in Ariaria International Market, Aba, Abia State.
The group also condemned the alleged involvement of the Bakassi Boys, who were being used to force the traders to pay the levy.
Last week, the traditional ruler of Aba, Eze Isaac Ikonne, had called on the state Governor to look into the levies, warning that it could lead to the women rioting,Â similar to what happened in 1929 in the city.
The rights groupÂ in a statement by its Secretary, Mrs. Toyin Oloye, also accused the Abia State Government of approving without any enabling laws, levies imposed on â€œthe suffering, depressed, perishing and dying market traders in Abia State.â€