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  • Updated: April 19, 2024

Benue: Traders cry out as armed men disrupt market activities

Benue: Traders cry out as armed men disrupt market activitie

Traders in North Bank market, Makurdi, a surburb in the state capital have called on Governor Hyacinth Alia, led administration to direct security operatives to stop persistent attacks and disruption of the market activities by armed criminals.

North Bank, is popularly known for its frequent  cult clashes of various group in the area.

Chairman of the market, Godwin Achu, on Friday lamented the continued attacks  by unidentified gunmen who storm the market at will stressing, this has  created fear and tension among traders.

He said, ”Since I assumed office, there have been attacks from hoodlums, perpetrating the market, snatching handsets from our traders. Sometimes they even shot at any trader who refuses to handover his or her handset to them.

“I remember one Sadique, was shot because he refused handing over his handset to them. Attempts were made to also kill one mairuwa, I hurriedly invited security agents who came and rescued the person, if not we would have recorded more than one or two deaths.”

According to the Chairman, these nefarious acts have been reported to the office of the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of the area to take drastic action against the perpetrators of the dastardly acts to enable traders operate without fears.

He appealed to the Governor of Benue State Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia, to direct security operatives to secure lives and property in the market, as well as go after the hoodlums to pursue them out of the market for business to thrive.

”The earlier government sees to it to empower this youths and then cause them to desist from these acts the better for the future of Benue State." he admonished.

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