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BREAKING: Traders Reportedly Killed, Others Wounded Amid Protest.

War On Sit-At-Home: As Gov Mbah Shuts Enugu Market.

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BREAKING: Traders Reportedly Killed, Others Wounded Amid Protest.
BREAKING: Traders Reportedly Killed, Others Wounded Amid Protest.

Two traders have been reportedly killed in a protest following the indefinite closure of Ogbete Main Market in Enugu State by Governor Peter Mbah over noncompliance with his ban on sit-at-home.

Several other people were also injured.

On Monday, the embattled Governor Mbah-led government declared war on residents and private businesses that failed to open for business on Mondays.

It was reported that Governor Mbah ordered the sealing of several shops, malls and banks on Monday, which he accused of observing “illegal sit-at-home” called for by a Nigerian separatist living in Finland, Simon Ekpa.

Justifying the sealing of private businesses, Governor Mbah, in a statement issued Tuesday signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Chidiebere Onyia, said that businesses sealed on Monday would be closed for one week.

He also imposed that owners of sealed businesses must provide their current tax clearance certificates and all other relevant revenue documents at the end of one week to enable the state government to review and consider their formal letters for re-opening otherwise, they would be auctioned off or permanently forfeited to the state government.

However, it was gathered on Wednesday morning that trouble started when traders whose shops were sealed told the market leadership that their shops must be unsealed for business or those unsealed would not open.

A trader in the market, Gerald Uzu, told our correspondent that there was a protest on Wednesday following the insistence of some traders that their shops must be opened or there would be no trading in the market.

“Shortly, soldiers and hundreds of policemen were deployed to the market by the governor. They came in and started shooting and locking up shops. The soldiers shot two traders dead inside the market. I escaped unhurt by only the Grace of God,” he said

BREAKING: Traders Reportedly Killed, Others Wounded Amid Protest.

In a telephone interview, a policeman at the incident scene confirmed the development to us. According to the police officer, the governor has shut down Ogbete Main Market.

“I am in the market with my DPO, soldiers and many other security agents. Ogbete Main Market has been totally shut down. There is no single soul in the need as I speak to you. I don’t think Ogbete Main Market will be opened again.

Information reaching me now is that two traders have been shot dead by soldiers in front of the market. It is regrettable, but I think the governor is not handling the sit-at-home situation well.”

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