GTB 737 banner Yudala banner

Angry Onitsha traders stone Council Chairman

By Pamela Eboh, Awka on 29/10/2014

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 2,857


The embattled Chairman of Onitsha South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Lady Ann Chukwuneke, narrowly escaped death when her convoy was stoned by irate traders in the famed commercial town.

Traders at the Millennium Merchants and Importers Association Markets, Onitsha, have for some time now engaged in a squabble with the local government following attempts by the council to decongest the area and discourage street trading.

The battle however got to a pinnacle last Thursday when the traders organised themselves and attacked the convoy of the council boss during her visit to the market. Speaking to journalists, Lady Chukwuneke thanked God for saving her life, lamenting how the traders shattered her vehicle with stones, broken bottles and other dangerous weapons. She disclosed that five local government staff who accompanied her to the market had to be hospitalised following the attack by the traders.

According to her, “I would have been dead by now if not for my orderly and one other police officer who accompanied us to the market. I only went to the market with my PA, two police officers and the supervisory councilor for works in the local government.

“I had begged them severally to stop trading on the road, but if you go there now, you will see vehicles, tri-cycles, motorcycles, heavy duty lorries parked along the road, thereby obstructing free human and vehicular movement.

“Others in the market cooperated, but at Sokoto Road, their vice chairman, Prince Peter Okoye, and his men blocked the street with chain and turned me back. They started throwing stones and sachet water at me and I quickly rushed into my car.”

The council chairman debunked insinuations that she imposed illegal levy on the traders, saying that she has not in any way asked the traders to pay any levy since she assumed office. “I am in that position to effect a positive change and to save the masses and not to make money because God has made me rich before vying for the position,” she said.

On the right of the local government to give orders in the market, the council boss cited the 2011 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended) and the Anambra State No. ANHA/Law/2012/03, both of which state that construction and maintenance of roads, streets and markets are the duties of the local government. She called on the traders to be law abiding.

Stating the traders’ side of the story, the chairman of the market, Mr. Valentine Ezechukwu, said the council boss allegedly stormed the market with over 100 youths to collect revenue from the traders and at the same time clamp down on street trading in the area. She wondered why the council boss should be demanding the sum of N50,000 per shop.

While describing the action as uncalled for, Ezechukwu claimed that they had earlier discussed with the chairman on the way forward for the market. He questioned why she stormed the market without notice.

Photo shows Onitsha South LG Chairman, Lady Ann Chukwuneke, speaking at a campaign rally.

Source News Express

Posted 29/10/2014 5:08:46 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

 

You may also like...
Mass starvation looms in Nigeria, 3 other countries...

Boko Haram attacks Borno community, kills son of...

Saraki attacks bad Muslims

JAMB arrests 25 for extortion, sale of UTME...

Economy and security to dominate G7 Summit

Splash FM holds 7th Annual Public Lecture, celebrates...

Governors’ Forum: Rivers PDP disowns Amaechi, recognises Jang...

4 soldiers perish from Boko Haram landmine

SERAP seeks improved security for EFCC officials

Abuja Airport: FAAN turns Terminal D into departure...

Weatherman forecasts thunderstorms and cloudiness, with rains in...

NiMET predicts sunny weather today in the North,...

 

Latest News Promotion galore in the Nigerian Army •57 Majors and 66 Lieutenant Colonels among beneficiaries Davido’s men open up on Tagbo’s death •Why they dumped his body in the hospital and fled Troops ambush Boko Haram fighters; kill 3, recover weapons FG assures on 2nd Niger Bridge, Enugu/Onitsha expressway Man who jumped into Lagos Lagoon identified Kebbi Accountant-General bags 70 years jail term over N1.6bn fraud US, UK biggest recipients of looted funds from Nigeria Lagos to gets special court for commercial disputes •New CJ vows to stamp out corruption, uphold rule of law Magu decries celebration of corruption N9.7bn NAF Fraud: Finance Director indicts ex-Chief of Air Staff Osun commissions university road •How Alakija's N250m donation rescued project Hackers hit 30 million internet users in South Africa’s ‘worst data breach’

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (287,601 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (270,223 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (218,256 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (183,659 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (179,436 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (162,070 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (140,525 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (128,693 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (123,594 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (114,126 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (112,129 views) APC cries foul as PDP’s Fayose takes early lead in Ekiti governorship election (104,488 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (30) Business (2,728) Business Verdict (24) Columnists (757) Complaints & Requests (93) Enterprise & Opportunities (183) Entertainment (395) Features (497) Global Business Monitor (187) International (1,581) Interviews (134) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (79) News (29,498) Opinion (826) Pidgin (8) Politics (3,988) Religion (645) Sports (1,338) Stock Watch (23) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

UBA mobile app

CBN Advert

 

 

#MonkeyPox outbreak

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!