Wednesday, June 16

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Bakassi Boys Return to the South East
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Bakassi Boys Return to the South East

The vigilante group known as Bakassi Boys has returned to the South East years after the group was disbanded. The group was seen going around in Awka in two vans, singing and warning criminals, DailyTrust reports. A source told the publication: "The boys came mainly for alleged cult groups which have taken over Awka town in recent time without any response from the Police. I think they were invited by traders." When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ikenga Tochukwu, said he was not aware of the development, according to the publication. The PPRO, however, said that the police is ready to work with any stakeholder in security. A Senior Police Officer, who spoke to DailyTrust on condition of anonymity, said some security men arrived at the state, bu...
Northern traders threaten to cut off food supply nationwide
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Northern traders threaten to cut off food supply nationwide

The Amalgamated Union of Foodstuffs and Cattle Dealers in Nigeria (AUFCDN) has threatened to resume its strike and cut off food supply nationwide to protest failure of the Federal Government to pay the N4.75 billion compensation agreed with them. The Northern traders gave the government a three- week ultimatum to implement the signed agreement that led to the calling-off of their strike in March this year. The union alleged its members were still being extorted by security agencies and harassed in the South – East. The Northern traders had blocked food supply to South to demand the payment of N475 billion compensation for lives of members and properties lost during the #EndSars protest and Shasha market chaos. The traders had also demanded the dismantling of all road blocks on ...
Suspected armed herdsmen kill nursing mother, abduct businessman in Benue community
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Suspected armed herdsmen kill nursing mother, abduct businessman in Benue community

Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have killed a nursing mother, Iorliam Dôôr Aggwei and a man, Suleyol Emberga in Anyiin community, Logo Local Government Area of Benue State. It was gathered that the attackers stormed the market area of the community known as Tyogbenda Anyiin at about 8pm on Friday, June 4, when traders were rounding up with the day’s business, and started shooting sporadically. A source who spoke to Vanguard, said the attackers abducted a prominent Igbo businessman in the area identified as Emmanuel Chukwukwe Okonkwo from Enugu state and bundled him into the forest. "They came from the forest leading to river at about 8pm, shooting sporadically and people started running, the woman who was carrying a child ran into one of the stalls but one of the bullets...
IPOB’s sit-at-home order: Get cutlasses, defend yourselves or forfeit your shops – Governor Umahi tells traders
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IPOB’s sit-at-home order: Get cutlasses, defend yourselves or forfeit your shops – Governor Umahi tells traders

Governor David Umahi has asked residents of Ebonyi state to ignore the sit-at-home order of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and defend themselves if attacked. Seccessionist group, IPOB had declared a sit-at-home in the south-east region from May 29 to 31. Umahi who warned that traders who comply with the sit-at-home order on Monday May 31 will forfeit their shops, charged those who have no weapon to get cutlasses for self-defence. The Governor Umahi  in a state-wide broadcast on Saturday May 29 to mark the sixth anniversary of his administration, also directed that all markets, shops, and offices should open for business on Monday. The statement read; “There should be free movement of people in the state on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and other days of the y...
100 Missing as Boat Capsizes in Niger state
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100 Missing as Boat Capsizes in Niger state

At least one hundred people have been declared missing after a boat capsized on Malale River in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State at about 3pm today May 26. The boat had left Malale in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger heading to Kebbi State when the incident occurred. The number of deaths remains uncertain as rescue operations are ongoing in the area. About 180 persons were said to have been aboard the boat which capsized 30 minutes after taking off from Loko Mina in Niger State. Boat mishaps in Niger state have been a reoccurring incident. Between 2019 and 2020, at least 50 people lost their lives on the Malale River following incidents of boat mishaps. In April 2021, some people died after a boat carrying over 70 passengers, mostly farmers and traders also capsi...
Insecurity: Imo residents groan over sudden hike in prices of goods
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Insecurity: Imo residents groan over sudden hike in prices of goods

Residents of Imo State have lamented the sudden increase in prices of commodities, calling on the government to wade into the crisis. Some residents who spoke in a radio phone-in program aired by Oziza FM in Owerri, the state capital, blamed it on the sellers who, according to them, inflated prices to make outrageous profits. A sachet water distributor pointed out some reasons which led to the increase. He said the materials used in producing the bottles and sachets have become costly and scarce in the market, causing an increase in the cost of production. “If the cost of materials keeps skyrocketing, we will be left with no option than to increase the price of sachet water which is currently 200 to 300naira per bag,” he stated. The distributor who declined mentioning his name ...
Bandits Kidnap 15 Traders In Katsina Traveling In A Commercial Vehicle
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Bandits Kidnap 15 Traders In Katsina Traveling In A Commercial Vehicle

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted not fewer than 15 traders traveling in a commercial vehicle along Tsaskiya-Ummadau road in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State. In a swift reaction, the Katsina state police command said persons abducted were nine and not 15. It was gathered that the incident happened at about 3pm on Sunday when the traders conveyed in J5 with registration number KZR 345 ZT while returning from Jibia market. A source in the area, Aliyu Rumawa said the gunmen numbering 20 upon seeing the vehicle shoot sporadically into the air to cause chaos and after which they whisked away 15 out of the 18 passengers traveling in the vehicle. “Fifteen out of 18 passengers in the vehicle were taken away by the bandits, numbering about 20 and heavily arm...
Armed Bandit Invade Zamfara Market, kill one, raze stalls
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Armed Bandit Invade Zamfara Market, kill one, raze stalls

Armed bandits, on Thursday March 18, invaded a market in Yar’ Tasha community, Dansadau district in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, razed stalls, killed at least one person and injured many others. It was gathered that the armed men stormed the market on motorcycles and opened fired on traders. The market holds every Thursday with livestock and grains as main commodities. A resident of the community, identified as Alhaji Umaru Yar’ Tasha, told Daily Trust that the bandits stormed the market around 2 pm and began to fire shots at the traders mostly dealing in livestock and grains. "The whole market and the adjacent community were thrown into pandemonium. Traders were running to different directions for safety. Many of the scampering traders were badly injured. ...
Fire Outbreak at Onitsha Plastic Market
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Fire Outbreak at Onitsha Plastic Market

Traders at the popular plastic market in Onitsha, Anambra state are currently counting their losses after a fire broke out at one of the plazas in the market in the early hours of today, March 5. Police operatives led by DPO CPS Onitsha SP Ifeanyi Iburu quickly mobilized to the scene and cordoned off the Area to prevent looting and further catastrophe. The state Fire Service was equally contacted and they responded promptly to put out the fire. No loss of life and no injury have been reported The cause of the fire outbreak is yet unknown.
Killing Of Hausa Traders Would No Longer Be Tolerated In South – Femi Fani-Kayode
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Killing Of Hausa Traders Would No Longer Be Tolerated In South – Femi Fani-Kayode

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, who spoke on behalf of the West and Southern geo-political regions, said the impact of the strike was too heavy to ignore, adding that the killing of any Hausa-Fulani or traders engaged in legal business activities would no longer be tolerated or accepted. “On behalf of the so many people in the South-West, especially Sunday Igboho (Yoruba activist), our commitment to you today is that people of the Hausa- Fulani extraction cannot and will not be attacked in the south.” Fani-Kayode, however, appealed to the FG to address the menace of armed Fulani herdsmen in the forests, whom he said were known to perpetrate all forms of evil, including killing, raping and maiming of Nigerians. Bello, Fani-Kayode presents AFUCDN’s demands to Pr...
Traders in Kano Lament as Onion bag Sold in the South for N35k Crashes to N7k in the North
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Traders in Kano Lament as Onion bag Sold in the South for N35k Crashes to N7k in the North

Farmers and traders in Kano are lamenting as farm produce, which can't be sent to the South due to the ongoing strike by sellers of cows and food stuff, are now being sold in the North at ridiculously low prices. In video shared by Daily Trust, the farmers and marketers at the Gun-Dutse onion market, Dawakin Kudu Local government Area of Kano State, are seen lamenting the effect of the ongoing strike by the sellers of cows and foodstuff. Recall that trucks bringing food stuff to the Southern part of Nigeria were turned back at Kara Jebba, the last village between Niger state and Kwara state, to prevent them from bringing food to the South . This strike is connected to an ultimatum given by the national leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MAC...
Court bars Tinubu’s daughter and others from levying Computer Village traders
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Court bars Tinubu’s daughter and others from levying Computer Village traders

Folasade Tinubu-Ojo, the daughter of All Progressives Congress leader Bola Tinubu and 5 others have been barred by a Lagos state high court from imposing levies on traders at the Computer Village, Lagos. This is coming a year after the traders embarked on a protest after Folasade who is also the Iyaloja-General of Lagos State, reportedly imposed leaders on them who introduced new levies. Punch reported that the order which is sequel to a fundamental human rights suit marked ID/9039MFHR/19, also barred Mrs. Bisola Azeez, Mr. Adeniyi Olasoji, Nofiu Akinsanya, Tony Ikani and the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State from imposing such levies. The judgment which Justice Yetunde Pinheiro delivered, read in part; “I find that the 2nd and 3rd respondents’ imposition of levies on the...
Ibadan crisis: Hoodlums took advantage of cobblers death to burn shops, houses in Shasha market – Eyewitness
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Ibadan crisis: Hoodlums took advantage of cobblers death to burn shops, houses in Shasha market – Eyewitness

Traders, shop owners, landlords and other persons with property in and around Shasha market in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital have started to count their losses. An investigation carried out by DAILY POST in the market on Saturday and Sunday, confirmed that property among which are shops, houses and cars worth over fifty million Naira (N50,000,000.00) was destroyed between Friday and Sunday in the market. About five lives were reportedly lost as a result of the clash that erupted in the market on Friday. Our correspondent reports that Shasha market is located in Akinyele local government area, one of the eleven local governments that make up Ibadan. It was, however, noticed that the market has become a ghost of itself since Friday when the crisis erupted in the market. DA...
Akwa Ibom Bans Street Traders, Illegal Markets From Uyo Metropolitan
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Akwa Ibom Bans Street Traders, Illegal Markets From Uyo Metropolitan

Akwa Ibom State Government has advised all Street traders and operators of illegal markets especially around the plaza area, and other highbrow areas to relocate to designated trading places on or before February 1, 2021, or be prepared to face the wrath of the law. The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Charles Udoh who announced this weekend in a statement made available to newsmen in Uyo, noted that activities of Street traders and illegal markets impede the free flow of traffic and expose traders and the general public to road hazards. Udoh explained that the eradication of street trading in the UCC was a key component of the recently approved Environmental Beautification Policy for the UCC. His words, “In line with Akwa Ibom State Government’s commitment to promoting a cle...
Nigerian and Kenyan nationals arrested in India for ATM card-cloning fraud
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Nigerian and Kenyan nationals arrested in India for ATM card-cloning fraud

A Nigerian and a Kenyan national have been arrested in India for allegedly duping people of million of rupees by cloning their ATM cards.     The accused identified as Omon Benson from Nigeria and Jonson Usaro from Kenya were arrested by police in Noida on Wednesday, October 28.   The Noida Police said it also unearthed their links with hawala traders operating  in the National Capital Region (NCR).     According to officials, Benson and Usaro have been active in Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad for the last 10 years during which they cloned several cards and illegally withdrew money from ATMs.   "The duo was held by the Cyber Cell, which recovered 96 ATM cards, two card-cloning modules, two l...
Traders In Computer Village Prevent SARS Officers From Arresting A Man (Video)
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Traders In Computer Village Prevent SARS Officers From Arresting A Man (Video)

An officer of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, has been chased out of Computer village in Ikeja, Lagos State, by angry mobs for coming to arrest a shop owner illegally. However, the crowd seemed so furious as they were all fed up with constantly being harassed by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. The SARS officer in the video shot just once in the air as he tried to disperse the crowd but that did not work too well for him as it even spurred the morale of the crowds as they began dragging him and throwing things on him. The SARS officer then proceeded to enter his car in an attempt to move away from the scene but the angry crowd followed him as they constantly kept on hitting his vehicle. Nigerians have had enough of SARS officers harassing them which led to them ...
FG Will Ensure Nigerian Traders In Ghana Get Justice, Osinbajo Assures
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FG Will Ensure Nigerian Traders In Ghana Get Justice, Osinbajo Assures

Despite the seeming delay in resolving the concerns of Nigerian traders regarding some stiff business regulation imposed by Ghanaian authorities, the Federal Government will ensure that affected Nigerians get justice, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. The Vice President gave the assurance on Tuesday evening during a meeting with representatives of the Nigerian community in Ghana. The meeting which held at the official residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana was focused on the challenges facing Nigerians living in the West African nation including the locking of hundreds of Nigerian owned shops. Responding to the issues raised by leaders of the Nigerian community at the meeting, especially the maltreatment of Nigerians by Ghanaian authorities, Prof Osinb...
Fire Razes Oba Market in Benin
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Fire Razes Oba Market in Benin

Shops and goods located in the popular Oba Market in Benin City, Edo State, were destroyed when a fire tore through the market. The fire started at about 12:05 am on Monday, June 22, and raged till 6am. By the time it was put out by fire fighters, a large section of the market had been destroyed. The cause of the fire has not been revealed. According to reports, there was no power supply in the area at the time the fire began, thereby ruling out the possibility of an electrical fault. Traders who arrived at the market this morning to find their means of livelihood destroyed were inconsolable. The Assistant Controller, Federal Fire Servce in Asaba, Delta state, Samson Karibo, who was in Benin with his men, on special assignment, assisted to put out the fire.   ...
Fire Outbreak Destroys Twenty Shops and Five Houses in Akure
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Fire Outbreak Destroys Twenty Shops and Five Houses in Akure

Some residents and traders in the Obanla area of Akure, the Ondo state capital are currently counting their losses following a fire outbreak in the area last night June 14. Five houses and twenty shops were destroyed in the inferno. The cause of the fire outbreak is yet unknown. See more photos and video from the scene of the incident below.  
Computer Village Traders Tackle Folashade Tinubu-Ojo Over “Illegal” Levies
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Computer Village Traders Tackle Folashade Tinubu-Ojo Over “Illegal” Levies

A coalition of 18 trade unions at the Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos, has protested against the alleged imposition of illegal levies on traders by the Iyaloja General, Folashade Tinubu-Ojo. We gathered that traders at the ICT hub started the protest last Monday and shut the market pending the resolution of the issues. Our correspondent was told that Tinubu-Ojo allegedly imposed a Iyaloja and a Babaloja on the traders in June 2019. The new market leaders, who displaced the existing leadership arrangement, allegedly introduced new levies. The spokesperson for the coalition of trade unions in Computer Village, Nonso Bethel, said some hoodlums working for the new leaders, started charging outrageous sums. “For instance, as a stall owner, if you take delivery of goods from th...
COVID-19: FG Appeals To Traders, Transporters Not To Hike Prices
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COVID-19: FG Appeals To Traders, Transporters Not To Hike Prices

The Federal Government has appealed to traders not to hike prices of food items and transportation as the country battles to contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism, made the appeal at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 daily news briefing on Thursday in Abuja He said it was necessary that market women and men understood the enormity of the time regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that there is a need to show compassion to all Nigerians by not hiking prices of foodstuff and services. The minister said that this period was a time to give back to society while calling on Nigerians not to take the opportunity of COVID-19 to further oppress other Nigerians. “This is a time people are giv...
Nigerian Traders In Ghana Turn Beggars Over Locked Up Shops – NUTAG
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Nigerian Traders In Ghana Turn Beggars Over Locked Up Shops – NUTAG

The Nigerian Union of Traders Association Ghana (NUTAG) claims their members have now resorted to begging for survival over closure of their shops by the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA). Speaking to Citi News, Secretary-General of NUTAG, Comrade Evaristus Nwankwo, said the locking up of shops has subjected members to severe economic hardship forcing some Nigerian traders to go back home. In 2019, over 600 shops operated by foreigners were closed down for engaging in retail business exclusively reserved for Ghanaian traders. Majority of these clocked up shops were owned by Nigerians. The Nigerian traders have insisted that they are permitted to trade in the country by ECOWAS protocols and have made several appeals to stakeholders for amicable intervention. Comrade ...
FIRS Boss, Mohammed Nami Wants Street Traders, Artisans, Others Taxed
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FIRS Boss, Mohammed Nami Wants Street Traders, Artisans, Others Taxed

The Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mohammed Nami, has said that tax administrators need to tax street traders, artisans and other jobs in the informal sector of the economy but politicians are frustrating the effort. According to Nami, taxing the informal sector promotes good governance and political accountability, ensuring the informal sector has the right to request for certain services as demanded by the formal sector, which is being taxed. “Taxing the informal sector may also be a way of promoting good governance and political accountability of the State because tax strengthens the social contract between the citizens and the government. Thus, informal businesses that contribute to tax revenues are likely to assert their rights to receive cert...
Hypo Storms Agege Abattoir to Educate Public on Coronavirus
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Hypo Storms Agege Abattoir to Educate Public on Coronavirus

In a bid to further promote sustainable hygiene practices while increasing the knowledge of the masses as regards germs and diseases lurking around the environment, Hypo makers of the most affordable bleach in Nigeria organized a public sensitization program on the spread of coronavirus at the major Abattoir Market in Lagos State. During the public Sensitization programme at Agege Abattoir Market, The Hypo team urged the meat dealers, marketers as well as the entire public to ensure to always keep their spaces clean to ward off all germs which the ordinary eyes cannot accurately detect. Most importantly the meat dealers were urged not only to keep their equipment clean but also to take the extra pain to keep them effectively disinfected for the greater good of the society. Ably prese...
Officials Evacuate Three Buildings After Balogun Market Fire
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Officials Evacuate Three Buildings After Balogun Market Fire

Emergency officials have begun to evacuate the affected buildings following the fire outbreak at the popular Balogun market in Lagos. The incident which occurred on Wednesday affected eight buildings while three structures have caved in so far. On Thursday, firefighters also continued the operation to stop the spread of inferno at the market. While the operation was ongoing, traders were restricted from the site of the incident. See the photos below:
”Nigeria Has Finished Us” – Ghana Traders Cry Out
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”Nigeria Has Finished Us” – Ghana Traders Cry Out

Traders in Ghana have labeled Abuja's decision to continue shutting its border as needless and un-African. On the contrary, Nigeria claims the border closure has spurred local production and reduced arms smuggling. Ghanaian trader Gabriel Nartey says the Nigerian border closure has negatively affected business Gabriel Nartey casts a sad look as he sits idly in his spare parts shop located in Ghana's capital Accra. The 50-year-old trader complained that he has not seen business this bad. "I am stuck, I am losing customers because I don't have what they need," Nartey told DW in an interview. "I don't know what to do, it's just a few who can go to China, which is more expensive that can manage, but for those like us who rely on Nigeria only, it is challenging for us." When Ni...
Overhead bridges: 36 Persons Arrested for Crossing Expressway in Lagos
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Overhead bridges: 36 Persons Arrested for Crossing Expressway in Lagos

The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) has arrested 36 persons for allegedly crossing the highways indiscriminately. The Corps Marshal of the Agency, Mrs Gbemisola Akinpelu, a retired Commissioner of Police stated this in a statement signed by Mr Adebayo Kehinde, head of Public Affairs Unit of the agency. Akinpelu said that, apart from the suspects risking their lives and that of motorists, they also impede the free flow of vehicular movement in the State, while crossing major highways where overhead bridges were erected for usage. ‘’The Agency is geared toward attaining total compliance on road crossing and use of pedestrian bridges in line with the mandate of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the enforcement and prosecution of the offenders. “The distance from the...
Young Nigerian Man says his Good Looks Cost him Money When he entered a Market
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Young Nigerian Man says his Good Looks Cost him Money When he entered a Market

A Nigerian man who believes he's very hansome has taken to Facebook to state that his good looks made him spend all of money he had on him when he entered Sabon market in Kano "Those traders eehn Fine boy come and buy this, fine boy come and buy that. Naso I finished my Money for sabon gari market in Kano. Buying things I don’t need" Ameer Lukman Haruna wrote More photos of Haruna below...
LASG Gives 2 Weeks Ultimatum To Illegal Occupants Of Jankara Market
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LASG Gives 2 Weeks Ultimatum To Illegal Occupants Of Jankara Market

The Lagos State government has given two weeks ultimatum to the illegal occupants of the old Jankara market site, earmarked for modern development in line with the plan to regenerate the Lagos Island. The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako gave the ultimatum during the assessment tour of Lagos Island on Monday. He explained that the Ministry of Physical Planning had served all occupants notices to leave the premises as the government renewal plan for Lagos Island was about to commence. Salako, reiteraited that the clearing of the market was in agreement with the T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda of the State Government administration of making Lagos clean and for a total redevelopment of Lagos Island. The Commissioner said that the redevelopment of t...
‘I Once Sold Bread,’ Makinde Gives Reason For Not Chasing Traders Off The Street
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‘I Once Sold Bread,’ Makinde Gives Reason For Not Chasing Traders Off The Street

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has given reason why he has not chased traders off the streets of the state. Makinde said his decision was as a result of his experience as a boy street trader at Yemetu, an Ibadan neighbourhood. The governor said this at the Oja Oba Central Mosque, Ibadan, during a special prayer to commemorate his 52nd birthday. He said, “Somebody said that I was quoted as saying that I would not chase away street traders without providing them with alternatives. Yes, that is true because I know the mentality of street trading. I once sold bread by the roadside in Yemetu. “I said so because we cannot send them away until we provide an alternative for them. And we have started enforcing that. We did that at Ojoo where we asked people not to trade at the p...
Lagos Government Orders Traders, Drivers Out Of Marina
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Lagos Government Orders Traders, Drivers Out Of Marina

The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, has ordered all street traders, commercial drivers and squatters to vacate the outer Marina area. He also threatened to prosecute whoever fails to adhere to the directive while disclosing plans by the state government to commence work on the beautification and landscaping of the area. The commissioner said in a statement that operatives of the State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Unit would from next week move to the area to enforce the law. He urged all commercial vehicle operators in the area to move to the designated parks, warning them against picking passengers along the road. He also urged pedestrians to use the overhead bridge, saying defaulters would be arrested. “The State T...
Gbajabiamila Reacts To Surulere Plaza Fire, Prays For Victims
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Gbajabiamila Reacts To Surulere Plaza Fire, Prays For Victims

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has commiserated with traders affected by a fire outbreak at the Super Plaza in Surulere, Lagos. The mall on Akerele Street was gutted by fire on Wednesday. In a message posted on social media, the politician who represents Surulere 1 Constituency in the National Assembly wrote: “My thoughts and prayers are with traders in Surulere Plaza, Akerele in my constituency over the fire outbreak that gutted the complex this evening.” The building formerly known as Super Cinema houses many shops and churches including Fountain Hall, Dominion City Worship and Omega Fire Ministries. Director-General of Lagos Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said preliminary investigation conducted on site in...
Border Closure: Beninese Groan In Pains, Lament Loses
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Border Closure: Beninese Groan In Pains, Lament Loses

With barely three months after Nigeria closed its border with Benin Republic, things have not been the same with the West African neighbours as the citizens, especially those in Porto Novo and Cotonou, are groaning in pains as a result of the closure. The land borders were closed in August following criminal activities at the nation’s international boundaries with Benin and Niger. One key concern cited by authorities was the rice that Beninese traders import from Asia and then illegally re-export to Nigeria. According to the Nigerian authorities, the importation of these goods jeopardises the country’s agricultural policy aimed at achieving food autonomy. But these protectionist measures taken by President Muhammadu Buhari have had disastrous consequences on the citizens of Be...
Phyno visits Onitsha fire victims
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Phyno visits Onitsha fire victims

Nigerian music star, Phyno yesterday Monday, November 4th visited Onitsha fire victims. He visited the scene alongside his bodyguards to talk to traders affected and see things for himself. He sympathized with them and promised to render some financial assistance to them. It would be recalled that on Wednesday, 16th of October, around 12pm, a truck conveying premium motor spirit (pms) lost control and rammed into the fence of Toronto Hospital, Upper-Iweka, Onitsha before bursting into flames. The fire quickly escalated into the nearby Ochanja Market destroying lives and properties worth millions of Naira.
Ghana Union Of Traders Locks Up Nigerians’ Shops In Kumasi
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Ghana Union Of Traders Locks Up Nigerians’ Shops In Kumasi

Some persons associated with the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) have gone on rampage closing shops belonging to foreigners in commercial hubs in Kumasi in the Ashanti region. The closure that begun from Alarbar spread to Adhye and Kejetia Wednesday. The Ashanti Regional President of the Nigerian Association of Traders Union told Ultimate News he has asked his nationals not to retaliate when the errant people beseech their shops. He pointed out that the faces of the GUTA members do not look familiar and wondered why they all refused to show any identity. He told reporter Ivan Heathcote – Fumador, “as we speak now, there are some of the guys here at magazine closing shops belonging to foreigners.” He however indicated that the Manhyia Divisional Commander ACP Kw...
IGP’s Wife, Fatima Adamu Planning To Take Over Our Shops – Traders
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IGP’s Wife, Fatima Adamu Planning To Take Over Our Shops – Traders

Over 120 traders, operating at the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA), Phase 2, Plaza, Computer Village, Ikeja, have accused wife of the Inspector-General of Police, Mrs. Fatima Adamu, of attempting to take over their shops and destroy their source of livelihood. According to them, Adamu has concluded plans to demolish the shops, construct new ones and then release the shops. Adamu is the national president of POWA. A source close to the IG’s wife, however, told our correspondent that the woman in question was not aware of the shenanigans going on in the market. It was learnt that a senior police officer’s wife has been using the name of the IG’s wife to carry out illegal eviction of the traders. The woman is alleged to be colluding with a land developer to achieve this ...
Benin Republic Traders Lament As Nigeria Closes Border
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Benin Republic Traders Lament As Nigeria Closes Border

Following the Federal Government’s border closure to smuggling, ADEKUNLE SULAIMON who visited adjoining Benin Republic communities along Seme border, reports the frustrations of the traders who had once benefited from the cycle of legal and illegal importation of contraband items into Nigeria. Smuggling, believed to be the bane of the economy in a number of unlimited ways, simply because it is an avenue for the evasion of tax and other levies, endangers government policies by slowing down the development projects meant to be carried out with the revenue ought to be generated for the country. Smuggled goods destabilise market prices since they are often cheaper than the ones supplied to markets through legal routes thereby exposing genuine traders to unsportsmanlike competition. I...
Nigerian rice not properly processed, packaged – Trader laments
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Nigerian rice not properly processed, packaged – Trader laments

Poor processing and packaging are the key factors hampering patronage of locally produced rice, a cross-section of foodstuff sellers said in Lagos on Friday. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), they explained that the scarcity of imported rice after the closure of Nigeria’s borders would have boosted patronage of local rice but that poor processing of the Nigerian variety had forced many consumers to stick with foreign rice. One of the foodstuff sellers, Mr. John Nwabueze, who operates a shop at Alimosho in Lagos, told NAN that Nigerian rice farmers needed to do more work on their produce to make their rice acceptable. “The Nigerian rice industry is presently not doing so badly. It is just that our local rice processors need to improve on their final product. I ...
I Slapped 3 Traders At Computer Village For Touching Me Inappropriately – Lady
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I Slapped 3 Traders At Computer Village For Touching Me Inappropriately – Lady

A lawyer being harassed by traders in Computer Village has told of how she slapped three of them and what happened afterwards. @t_odeyinka tweeted: "I slapped three men in computer village today because they touched me inappropriately, by the time I was leaving, some other men were telling their colleagues “no touch am o, na fighter”." Lawyer narrates what happened after she slapped three traders at Computer Village Ms. Odeyinka's experience comes after concerned women and men organised a market march which saw them go into market places to sensitize traders and explain to them why it's wrong to sexually harass and slut-shame women in the market places.
Fire razes Edo State spare parts market
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Fire razes Edo State spare parts market

Goods worth several millions of naira have been destroyed in a midnight fire that razed the biggest motor spare parts market in Edo State located at Uwelu, in Egor Local Government Area of the state.   The fire was said to have started at about 11:45pm Monday night, August 12th and lasted till about 4am after efforts from fire service men from the University of Benin and the Nigerian Army.   Sections of the market affected by the fire were the lines were Mercedes Benz, Mazda, Ford and Toyota parts are sold. It was gathered that some of the affected traders just bought goods to fill their stores. Some of the traders were said to have collapsed when they visited the scene and saw the magnitude of their losses.   One of them was said to have attempted running ...
Two men arrested for generating fake bank alerts in Anambra
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Two men arrested for generating fake bank alerts in Anambra

The police in Anambra state have arrested two men notorious for defrauding traders in the state using fake bank alerts.   Haruna Mohammed, the state police command spokesperson, in a statement released, said the men, Eko Charles, 25, and Rabiu Idris, 24, both from Gariki, Enugu state, were arrested in August 1st following inteligence report. Haruna says the suspects who specialise in defrauding innocent traders by generating fake bank payment alerts, went to the shop of one Godwin Chukwu of No. 59 Zik Avenue, Awka on July 31st to buy television sets. They fraudulently generated and sent fake SMS alert for the payment of N200,000 to his phone and he released two 43 inch Television sets oblivious of their fraudulent act.   The criminals went to the same shop the ...
Naira Gains Against The Dollar… See Latest Exchange Rate
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Naira Gains Against The Dollar… See Latest Exchange Rate

The Naira on Monday gained 50 Kobo to trade at N358.5 to the dollar at the parallel market in Lagos, slightly stronger than N359 traded on Friday. The Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N458 and N403 respectively. The naira traded at N360 to the dollar at the Bureau De Change (BDC) segment, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro exchanged at N458 and N403, respectively. Trading at the investors window saw the naira closing at N361.48 to the dollar as market turnover stood at 231.92 million dollars. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the naira had been relatively stable at the parallel market due largely to the interventions of the CBN. Activities at the market, however, remained slow on Monday as traders await the outcome of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) m...
Quarry site collapses and injures four people in Ibadan
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Quarry site collapses and injures four people in Ibadan

At least four persons suffered varying degrees of injuries when an unnamed quarry site suddenly caved in on workers in Ibadan on Monday afternoon.   The unnamed quarry site located around Camp Area, Gbopa, Ologuneru, Ido local government, Ibadan, Oyo state capital city is said to be manned by unknown workers.   Eye witness reports say the workers had reported for duties with trucks scrapping ‘filler sand’ when heap of sand collapsed on the workers suddenly. Passersby who noticed the scene quickly stormed the site in rescue effort while those rescued were said to have been rushed to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, in a patrol van belonging to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).   It was gathered that the site which had become a beehive of ac...
LAWMA Shuts Sangotedo Market: Warns Markets Against Illegal Dumping Of Refuse
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LAWMA Shuts Sangotedo Market: Warns Markets Against Illegal Dumping Of Refuse

Business activities at Sangotedo Market, Eti Osa, Lagos State have been put on hold by the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), due to indiscriminate dumping of refuse and poor hygiene practices by traders, resulting in serious environmental problem in the area. The development was made known by LAWMA’s director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Folashade Kadiri, through a press release. The release cited the governor’s executive order on traffic and sanitation matters, which stresses government’s zero tolerance for environmental abuse, including illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse, defacing the environment. It noted that government’s efforts at restoring environmental sanity in the area were being thwarted by unhygienic activities of traders, who had consistently violated...
Many Escape Death As Raging Fire Guts Warehouses, Shops At Lagos Market
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Many Escape Death As Raging Fire Guts Warehouses, Shops At Lagos Market

According to a report by Daily Trust, a fire incident at 4 Market Street Tinubu Square on Lagos Island left many shops and warehouses burnt yesterday. It was learnt that the inferno broke out from a three-storey building in the area. Officers of the state fire service were immediately mobilized to the scene to quell the fire and prevent it from spreading to adjoining shops. The ever busy Market Square on the Island yesterday was chaotic as emergency officials including the state Emergency Management Agency made efforts to put out the fire. Eyewitnesses said the fire incident caused a near stampede scenario among traders and stall owners in the shops to avoid being stuck in the inferno. The emergency agency said no life was lost.
Kenyan MP ‘Jaguar’ arrested after saying he would beat up foreign traders if they did not leave the country
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Kenyan MP ‘Jaguar’ arrested after saying he would beat up foreign traders if they did not leave the country

A Kenyan MP has been arrested after saying he would beat up foreign traders if they did not leave the country. Charles Njagua Kanyi popularly known as Jaguar said in a video that Tanzanian and Ugandan traders were taking Kenyan business and "enough is enough". A diplomatic row erupted and Tanzania's prime minister summoned the Kenyan high commissioner for an explanation. Kenya is East Africa's economic hub, attracting people from across the region to move there to make money. Mr Kanyi was recorded saying the comment in a video widely shared on social media. "When you look at our market, Tanzanians and Ugandans have taken our business, enough is enough, if we will give them 24 hours and they will not leave, we will beat them and we are not scared of anyone," he can be seen sa...
Sit-At-Home-Order: Partial Success Recorded In Asaba
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Sit-At-Home-Order: Partial Success Recorded In Asaba

The sit-at-home order issued by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was partially successful in some areas of Asaba, the Delta State capital. Many shop owners, schools and corporate organizations in Asaba metropolis ignored the order by IPOB, as people went about their duties. The popular Ogbonogono Market along Nnebisi Road was open at about noon after traders had earlier observed the mandatory Thursday sanitation rule imposed by local authorities. Commercial vehicles including Okada riders were on the road to convey passengers to their respective destinations. An Asaba resident, Okonji Nwachuwu said the sit-at-home order “cannot and will never work in this part of the country which is the Niger Delta or South-South. “Those in the South-East can sit at home if...
“Spirits Responsible For Theft”: Igbo Traders In Bayelsa Protest Hoodlums’ Attacks
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“Spirits Responsible For Theft”: Igbo Traders In Bayelsa Protest Hoodlums’ Attacks

HUNDREDS of Igbo market traders at the Swali Ultra-Modern Market in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, yesterday, shut their businesses in protest of burglary of their shops by hoodlums. The traders, who also protested the detention of their leaders by security operatives, threatened to shut down their businesses until their leaders are released or charged to court. Addressing newsmen at the Swali Ultra-Modern Market yesterday, Secretary of Igbo Traders Union, Jude Osigwe, lamented that most of the traders have lost millions of Naira in cash and goods to hoodlums in the past months. Osigwe said: “In the past eight months, some armed hoodlums have been coming to our shops to extort us and when we reported the matter to the Police, they told us that there is nothing they can do. “Wh...
Government Announces New Tax Regime
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Government Announces New Tax Regime

The Rivers State Internal Revenue Service (RIRS) has unveiled a new tax for the informal sector, promising to be fair in its collection. The RIRS Chairman, Mr Adoage Norteh, made the disclosure at a news briefing in Port Harcourt on Monday. The chairman said that members of the public would begin to pay for every space they would use aside from their stores, offices and business spaces. “If you want to put up a business in any corner of the state, we may not ask you not to do so but we will ask you to pay a fee because that space belongs to everybody in the state”, NAN quoted him as saying. “We want to face those informal people whose addresses are not known, those who are selling by the roadsides and earn income. “For instance, the taxi people on the...

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