Ikoku4: Traders Stage Protest

In News 2020-03-10 10:54:53
Ikoku4: Traders Stage Protest
Ikoku4: Traders Stage Protest

By  Emmanuel Onwuka 


Traders at Ikoku market say they are ready to stage a week-long sit at home over the police and state government's failure to get justice for deceased trader Chima Ikwunado.


Some of the traders who were seen hanging around Ikoku spare parts market wondered why there has been no official comment on the matter from forces headquarters Abuja adding that the silence of the state government and other stakeholders shows there's a grand plot to truncate justice. 


One of them spoke to Nigeria Info said he will not be cowed by the inaction but will continue to mount pressure till their demands are met.


I know that the union is fighting my interest but I am willing to shut down my business for at the next one week to make the appropriate authorities give a listening ear and do the needful.


"A mechanic was killed and yet that mechanic can rise up tomorrow and become a governor or an important person.


"Even if he remains a mechanic, he is offering service to society, his service to the society also counts. So if the life of every other big man is important, the life of a mechanic is also important."


Nigeria Info reports that over five Police vans are positioned at strategic points of Ikoku spare parts market even as shops were seen closed. Traders told our correspondent that the Ikoku road leading to Olu Obasanjo road was earlier barricaded by the police but was later reopened.


Recall that  Chima Ikwunado died in Police custody after he and four others who were accused of stealing two cars were allegedly tortured by Police.


Chima’s death had sparked protest in the spare-part market, Ikoku, Port Harcourt where he owned a shop.