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DSS operatives detain union leader over food blockade to South

The Department of State Services have reportedly detained the president of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN), Mohammed Tahir over the blockade of supply of foodstuffs and cattle from the North to the South.

This was disclosed by the AUFCDN General-Secretary Ahmed Alaramma while speaking with newsmen on beef scarcity that has reportedly hit Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Alaramma at a news conference in Abuja stated that the DSS had in the morning invited the union leadership to a meeting, which ended 3.30 pm yesterday.

He however did not say if Tahir was arrested before or after the meeting with the secret service personnel.

“Our president is at present with DSS right now. They came to invite us this morning because of this protest we are doing. Up till now, our President has not come out from that DSS office. So, this is the first day they are inviting us,” he said. The news conference ended 5 pm.

But the DSS, in a terse response to the invitation was silent on the alleged arrest of the union leader.

“They attended a meeting at the headquarters as part of the service’s interventions to resolve issues. The meeting which started about 1:30 pm and ended at 3.30 pm today held in an atmosphere of peace,” said the DSS spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunanya.

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