Alaba Traders allege harassment, seek Ambode’s intervention

Alaba traders protesting

A group of Igbo traders operating in Alaba International Market, Lagos have appealed to Governor Akinwumi Ambode to save them from harassment by hoodlums who they claimed have been disrupting their business activities, reports Vanguard.

While describing the situation in the market as tense,the traders spokesman, who is also the Chairman, Alaba Igbo Traders Association, Chief Valentine Obasi, lamented that the hoodlums have continued to prevent members of his association from carrying out their legitimate businesses.

‘’Members of this group behave as if they are above the law. They have become a nuisance. We reported them to the police and they were picked up and warned by the AIG, Zone 2, Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, Adamu Ibrahim, but instead of heeding the police warning,they have continued to disturb us.

We want Governor Ambode to intervene. We don’t want a situation where there will be violence, breakdown of law and order because my members are fed up with the harassment and extortion by the hoodlums. My members are peace loving. We are citizens of Nigeria and our association is duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission”, Obasi declared.

While saying that members of his association were being forced to make the appeal to the governor over the issue, Obasi lamented that his members had to cry out because the authorities of Ojo Local Government who control the market had failed to take action against the hoodlums.

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