Traders of Ogbete Main Market, Enugu, Wednesday morning, protested the sealing of their shops by the state government on Monday.
Our correspondent gathered that shops that were affected belong to traders who did not open for businesses on Monday. Mondays are being observed as sit-at-home in Southeast states since the detention of IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in 2021. The group said the enforcement was to enable his release.
In a viral video, the traders were chanting “we no go ‘gree oo, we no go ‘gree; tomorrow is here, we no go ‘gree.” ‘Tomorrow is here’ is the campaign slogan of Gov Peter Mbah.
The state government had announced an end to the order, describing it as economic waste to the state. The state government, in a release by the secretary to the state government, Chidiebere Onyia, warned that it would seal and reallocate shops of traders that observed the order effective July 24.
Our correspondent reports that following the failure of the traders to open on Monday, two commercial banks, and a number of 107 shops were sealed by the state government.
The sealing was carried out by the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, led by the secretary to the state government (SSG), Chidiebere Onyia, a professor.
There are reports that some traders removed the seals on their shops, prompting the intervention of security operatives to avoid breakdown of law and order.