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Ose-Okwodu Market Booms with Commercial Activities As Nothern Traders Lament Losses

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By Oge Onyeanusi, Onitsha

Northern traders at the popular Ose-Okwodu Foodstuffs Market, Onitsha are now counting their losses following regular closure of the market due to IPOB sit-ata -home order.

Some dealers on onions,beans,dry fish and other grains that distribute their products in the market are recently living in fear of losing their customers or having their goods destroyed as many of them are perishable farm produce.

The Chairman, Ose-Okwodu Market, Onitsha, Chief Anthony Onwuetiaka told our correspondent that the normal business activities had resumed in the market on Monday this week as directed by Gov.Willie Obiano.

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Chief Onwuetiaka further disclosed that all preparations had been made for full-fledged commercial activities to resume in the market as several major stakeholders have expressed confidence and coorperation to continue with their businesses which he noted have suffered monumental losses.

He, however, appealed to traders and customers to continue to visit the market to make their transactions as usual.

One of the traders ,Alhaji Abubakar Usman,a tomato seller in the market also told our correspondent that the regular closure of the market was having adverse effect on not only Igbo traders in the market,but more on northern traders who deal on perishable farm produce.

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Ose-Okwodu Market Booms with Commercial Activities As Nothern Traders Lament Losses

Alhaji Usman who identified himself as a large scale tomato farmer who also owns a shop at Ose-Okwodu Market revealed that his lorry load of tomatoes from his farms in far away Maiduguri had to source an alternative market to supply his produce as the South East Region where he had since established a formidable supply market remained shut during the sit-at-home.

The successful tomato farmer/ trader further told our correspondent that the tomato market near the 302 Artillery Regiment where he normally supplies his produce for eventual buyers had been under lock and key and called on the South East Governors to see to the of regular close of businesses by dialoguing with all aggrieved parties.

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Malam Jubril Sirika,a dry fish dealer at Ose-Okwodu who joined the former in pleading for an end to frequent closure of markets in the South East emphasised that it was having adverse effect on the people, including northern traders who had established a formidable business supply chain in this part of the country.

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Court Restrains Amagba Village From Trespassing On Ize-Iyamu’s Farmland

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The Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City has restrained Amagba village from meddling with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s farmland in the community.

Justice P.A. Akhihiero gave the interim injunction on 21-10-21, in a motion ex-parte filed by Pastor Ize-Iyamu and I. O. Farms Ltd. (Claimants) in the suit marked B/623/2021 with Elder J.B. Omoma and six others as defendants.

The six other defendants are Elder F. Ekhoruromwen, Elder E. Edosomwan, T. Oghadomwangbe, Uyi Emwinmandolo, Hon Mathew Iduoriyekemwen, Peter Erhimwionrose (alias Ebo Amagba) for themselves and on behalf of Amagba village).

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Justice P.A. Akhihiero restrained the defendants from further encroaching, bulldozing, selling or leasing the said land pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

The court also restrained the defendants, its servants, agents and/or proxies from meddling with the said land or demolishing improvements on the land pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

It is widespread knowledge that the farmland in question was legally acquired by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and I. O. Farms Limited between 2009 and 2014 with valid Certificates of Occupancies subsequently issued by the Edo State Government.

By this injunction, the general public is hereby advised to steer clear of the said properties as it will amount to a contempt of court not to do so.

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EndSARS: Uber Driver, Adedotun Clement Sues Lagos Government For N500m

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An Uber Driver, Adedotun Clement, has dragged the Lagos state government to Court for N500 million in Damages after he was gruesomely assaulted and beaten by Police officers and officials of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Watch (LSNC).

Clement was seen in already viral footage, wailing and crying as police officers pepper sprayed and beat him up before forcefully hauling him into a waiting van. Below is a full statement from Clement’s lawyer, Inibehe Effiong;

“UBER DRIVER ASSAULTED DURING ENDSARS MEMORIAL PROTEST DEMANDS N500M COMPENSATION FOR VIOLATION OF HIS RIGHTS, SEIZURE AND DESTRUCTION OF HIS VEHICLE AND PROSECUTION OF CULPRITS”

“We have written to the Lagos State Government through the Attorney General of Lagos State to demand payment of the sum of N500,000,000 (Five Hundred Million Naira) as compensation to Mr. Adedotun Clement for the gross violation of his fundamental rights to dignity of the human person, personal liberty and property and for the deprivation of his source of livelihood and the destruction of his vehicle.”

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“Adedotun Clement is the innocent Uber driver that was assaulted by some officers of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC) and Nigeria Police Force during the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protest at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.”

“In addition to payment of monetary compensation, we also demanded that disciplinary measures be taken against the culprits who assaulted Adedotun, and that they should be prosecuted in court in line with the Anti-Torture Act and the Criminal Law of Lagos State.”

EndSARS: Uber Driver, Adedotun Clement Sues Lagos Government For N500m

“Also, we are equally demanding a written apology from the state government.”

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“It should be noted that the vehicle of Mr. Adedotun has been returned but in a bad condition. The agents of the state government broke and damaged the front windscreen of his Toyota Corolla. The vehicle was in good condition before it was towed away on Wednesday, 20th October, 2021. But upon reaching where the vehicle was taken to on Friday, 22nd October, 2021, Adedotun saw the destruction done to his vehicle by agents of the state government.”

“The implication is that he cannot use the vehicle to earn a living until it is repaired.”

“My attention has been drawn to the public statement by the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency (LNSA) wherein it is stated that two officers of the agency were subjected to orderly room trial, found guilty of assault and general unruly behaviour and suspended for two months.”

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“While we commend the Lagos State Government for admitting that the conduct of its agents was criminal and unprofessional, we find the two months suspension meted on the two officers grossly insufficient and unacceptable. It is not a deterrence. The officers should be dismissed and diligently prosecuted in a court of law to serve as a deterrence to others.”

“Finally, we are expecting the Lagos State Government to respond to our modest demands within 48 hours or we will have no other option but to commence legal proceedings to seek redress for Adedotun.”

EndSARS: Uber Driver, Adedotun Clement Sues Lagos Government For N500m

EndSARS: Uber Driver, Adedotun Clement Sues Lagos Government For N500m

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Nnamdi Kanu: Malami Playing Politics To Divide Yoruba, Igbo People- HURIWA

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has rejected what it called the persistent double standards in federal government policies and initiatives.

HURIWA said the Federal Government through the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, was trying to cause separation between the Yoruba and Igbo nations.

The group was responding to Malami’s claims that the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) was responsible for some disturbances during last year’s End SARS protests in Lagos State.

Malami had said IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu hijacked the EndSARS protest and ordered his followers to kill security operatives.

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However, HURIWA said Malami was playing a politics of divide and rule aimed at segregating the Igbos and Yorubas.

Nnamdi Kanu: Malami Playing Politics To Divide Yoruba, Igbo People- HURIWA

In a statement signed by its Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA said: “It is possible that the Minister of Justice who is a politician is playing politics of EAST/WEST DIVIDE so as to precipitate political division between Igbo people and the Yoruba and then open up the possibility of retaining power in the North.

“There is a clear evidence of double standards in the area of public prosecution of politically exposed individuals from either north or south. The government, particularly the Ministry of Justice has consistently manifested aversion or lack of enthusiasm towards bringing suspected terrorists from the Northern part of Nigeria to justice but he is always overzealous to charge other persons from the south with certain phantom allegation of of terrorism and the Justice ministry is busy conjuring up half baked allegations to hang it on the necks of either Nnamdi Kanu or Sunday Igboho.

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“A good example will suffice; Nnamdi Kanu versus Certain elements and Divisive leaders of Miyetti Allah that have been quoted in the media for supporting the activities of the armed Fulani herdsmen who are terrorists.”

HURIWA also condemned Malami’s claim about Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Igboho.

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