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Traders protest incessant burglary at Onitsha markets

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu

Nnewi—Human, vehicular movements and trading activities were yesterday grounded for over two hours along Niger Street, Fegge Onitsha, following   protest by over 150 traders of City of God  Plaza, Fegge Onitsha, who shut the market in protest against the break-in  and carting away of over N4 million from one of the shops in the market.

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Hundreds of stranded traders crossing River Niger to transact businesses in Onitsha Main Market and other surrounding markets, through Niger Street, particularly those from Delta and Edo States, were prevented from free entry and exit by the protesting traders.

The traders displayed various placards with inscriptions indicating their disappointment with the management of the Plaza and the security they are providing for the traders in the plaza.

Spokesmen for the traders, Mr. Chukwudi Nwolisa and Elochukwu Ajima, alleged that the Tuesday night break-in and stealing from the shop was the third since last year without any arrest made by the security employed in the market.

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Nwolisa said: “The shop broken into as you can see has three big padlocks, but the thieves took time to cut each padlock before they opened the shop and carted away the money they came for.

“We closed our shops today to show our grievance and call on Anambra State government to assist us with security of the Plaza that has over 150 shops paying all forms of tax to the government; otherwise we will continue to cry here.”

Owner of the burgled shop, Mr. Ifedi Onyekachi, a mini bank operator and agent to traders, attached to one of the old generation banks, said that “N4.2 million was carted away from the shop by the robbers.”

Divisional Police Officer in charge of Fegge Police Division, Mr Rabiu Garba  said the traders have not reported the incident to his station, but  rather a similar incident reported to the station was that of Titanic Plaza.

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