In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 23rd, June, 2020

Outrage As Igbos In Cross River Shut Retailers And Enterprise Actions Over Kidnapping Of Their Brothers

Outrage As Igbos In Cross River Shut Shops And Business Activities Over Kidnapping Of Their Brothers

Igbos in Akwa Ibom protesting incessant kidnapping and killing of their brothers

Igbos in Akwa Ibom protesting incessant kidnapping and killing of their brothers

 

Igbo merchants in Cross River State have closed down retailers and different enterprise actions on Monday, June 22 at Watt, Etim Edim and Marian Markets, Calabar following the rampant kidnapping and killing of Igbo merchants within the state.

 

Based on Grass Reporters, the most recent being the CEO of Odinka Electrical and Electronics, Chief Odinka Odinka who was kidnapped alongside a former board member of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar, FNPH, Princess Filia Henshaw.

 

Chief Odinka, who is alleged to be in his 70s and an asthmatic affected person, was kidnapped from his store at Goal Road Calabar South LGA.

 

The merchants had been directed by the management of Igbo union to shut their retailers and enterprise actions in all the most important markets in Cross River State.

 

A dealer, John Okechukwu who spoke to our correspondent mentioned Igbo merchants reside in concern over what he known as “rampant kidnapping of Igbo merchants within the state”.

 

He mentioned: “The kidnapping of Igbos within the state is changing into alarming. We live in concern. Igbo merchants are endangered species. Chief Odinka was kidnapped since February and his abductors have refused to launch him whereas others have been launched.

 

 

He added that they had been directed to shut down retailers for as we speak and tomorrow to protest and demand for the discharge of all Igbo merchants.

 

Irked by the directive, the Cross River State authorities advised the merchants to ignore the directive, vowing to “prosecute any individual or group of individuals underneath any guise seen obstructing any Igbo dealer from opening his/her store for enterprise within the state on Monday, June 22, 2020 and Tuesday, June 23, 2020”.

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In a press release on Sunday evening signed by Dr. Alfred Mboto, Everlasting Secretary, Safety Providers, the federal government described the directive as unacceptable.

 

The assertion reads:

 

“The eye of the Cross River State Authorities has been drawn to a plan by some members of Igbo merchants union within the Calabar metropolis to drive their members to shut their retailers for 2 days with impact from Monday, June 22, 2020.

“Authorities can also be conscious of the specter of N50, 000 surcharge by the union on any Igbo dealer who opens his or her store for enterprise inside the two days.

“Their plan is unacceptable to authorities and authorities will do the whole lot inside her energy and the regulation to arrest and prosecute any individual or group of individuals underneath any guise seen obstructing any Igbo dealer from opening his/her store for enterprise within the state on Monday, June 22, 2020 and Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

“All Igbo merchants in Calabar and your entire Cross River state are subsequently, suggested to ignore the decision and menace of the Igbo merchants union and go forward to open their shopes for his or her authentic companies.

 

“The union is relatively enjoined to encourage the state authorities on the on- going struggle in opposition to kidnappers, cultists, drug trades, arm robbers and different unlawful operations within the state as a substitute of scuttling the hassle of presidency”.

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