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Traders Clash With Security Officials, One Dead Over Change Of Market Site in Abakaliki(Pictures)

There was pandemonium in Abakaliki on
Wednesday as traders at the Abakpa main market
clashed with revenue officials over Internally
Generated Revenue (IGR) which allegedly led to
the death of one person.
Incensed by the death, the traders rioted and
were on the verge of vandalising shops of some
the market leaders allegedly working with the
government when Police intervened to disperse
them.
A source at the market narrated that trouble
started when the Special Adviser to Governor
David Umahi on IGR, Martin’s Okwuegbu and the
Commissioner for Internal Security and Border
Peace, Stanley Emegha led some youths to
collect the IGR from some traders in the market.
The youths it was gathered, were members of
Ekubaraoha Youth Assembly (EYA).
The source alleged that the ‘revenue collectors’
were using the IGR collection as cover to close
down the shops of some traders who took the
state government to court over the leadership
dispute in the market.
According to him, the traders had gone to court
to challenge the removal of the market leadership
before the expiration of their tenure and
imposition of a new interim leadership on them by
the state government.
“They came to the market and were taken to the
shops of the traders that took them to court and
they started closing their shops accusing them of
not paying IGR”.
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