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Onitsha traders protest illegal levy

By Enyim Enyim

Onitsha  – Onitsha traders in Ose Okwuodu market have protested the imposition of N500 levy by the new market executive,  recently installed by the Anambra state government.

The traders in a peaceful protest marched through the major streets of Onitsha. Mr R. L O Fidelis, who led the protest said, they were particularly angry with the manner the newly government installed executive was imposing all manner of levies on them.

Speaking to reporters, the leader of the protesters said the executive had soon after assuming office imposed a levy of N500 in June against the N40 that was paid by traders before they came to office.

Besides, he said there was another levy of N200 imposed on the traders, noting that the worrisome aspect was that all the levies imposed on the traders were without consultation by the market executive.

Fidelis, said when the traders resisted the imposition of the levy, the executive employed force through the use of the police and thugs that had continued to harass and intimidate them, as well as the arrests of their members.

He said in the course of one of such fracas, some of the traders including himself sustained marchet cuts and various injuries.

When contacted the Special Adviser to the Governor on Motor Parks and Markets, Chief Sylvester Nwobu Alor said he was looking into the matter.


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