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Traders Protest Ijaw youths Intimidation
Over one hundred traders from Ogbe Ijoh market in Warri South local government area of Delta State have protested to the Government House in Asaba over the death of three women traders who have died out of frustration after Ijaw youths burnt down their market.
The protesters who carried placards and leaves in front of the government house on Wednesday were wailing and weeping, lamenting the harsh condition which they have been facing because of the intimidation from the ijaw youths who have vowed to make life miserable for the traders for refusing to pay the sum of N12, 000 by each of the traders.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta state of Nigeria
Speaking to the Chief of Staff, Government House, Mr. Tam Brisibe, the Chairman of the traders trading in Ogbe Ijoh market, Comrade Solomon Mathews said they have been facing intimidation from some Ijaw community boys from Warri South West claiming they are the owners of the market.
According to him, " the boys are from Warri South West, while the market is situated in Warri South. They burnt down the market because the traders refused to pay N12, 000 which they demanded from them. The traders have been trading outside the market under the rain which has become serious this period and as a result we have lost three women to cold and other illnesses. On Tuesday the youths came and destroyed the makeshift shed the women have been using to trade and they beat up one of the women to a state of comma who is now receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Warri."
He told the Chief of Staff who led other government officials to listen to the grievances of the traders that the ijaws are boasting that they will make life unbearable for the traders for refusing to pay the amount requested from them.
He disclosed that they have written to the Governor of the state Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to intervene but there has been no response and the Deputy governor once invited the traders with the Ijaw youths to a meeting and there has been no solution.
While appealing to the governor of the state to urgently intervene, the chairman of the traders said the traders should be allowed to rebuild the market that was burnt since April 13 2015 and prevail on the Ijaw youths to stop intimidating the traders who are not in their local government area.
The Chief of Staff in his response said he would inform the governor who is out of the state the plight of the traders and the government will get back to the traders as soon as possible, stressing that they should however remain peaceful in their protest.