By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Facts on Tuesday emerged why the aggrieved traders of the popular Ogboeogonogo Ultra modern market in Asaba, Delta State protested the removal of Mr. Uche Osadebe, Oshimili South Local Government Council Chairman.
Recall that no fewer than over 1,000 aggrieved traders of Ogboeogonogo Ultra modern market on Monday took to various streets of Asaba including Government House to protest the alleged inhuman and babaric activities meted out on them by the Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government Council, Mr. Uche Osadebe.
While the protesting traders were pacified by the state government officials at the Government House gate where they were addressed, the leader of the traders, Mr. Okei Okolie told our Correspondent, that they were no longer comfortable with Osadebe Uche’s alleged domineering attitude and did not need him to man the affairs of the markets any more, alleging that he (Osadebe) had meted so much injustice, molestation and extortion on them, and urged the state government to look into their plight as they had nowhere to go to if he ( Osadebe) succeeded in his threat against the traders.
Another trader, Mrs. Ngozi Dona who spoke to our Correspondent however pleaded with the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to come to their aid, as many of them were on loan and had no other source of livehood , but their business and were ready to resist the local government chairman, if he comes hard on them.
Eyewitness Richard Otowor said that the protesters were armed with placards inscribed with ‘N6million shop unthinkable,’ ‘Osadebe is an error to PDP,’ ‘Osadebe and Ekwe Ogidi destroyed our goods worth N150million’ among others as they took to the streets following the quit notice earlier issued to them by the Council Boss to evacuate their goods and relocate to the newly constructed shops within a period of 10 days, the traders said that they cannot afford the huge sums of money required to obtain the new shops.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Mr. Chika Ossai assured the protesting traders that the state government would ensure that urgent attention was given to their plight adding that government would intitiate a roundtable talk with their leaders and the Local Government Council Chairman, Mr Uche Osadebe.
In another development, there was pandemonium on Sunday at Okuokoko in Okpe Kingdom when the body of a young man was found in a two bedroom flat in what residents claimed was a suicide case as the deceased was said to have been in his 30s was found dead in his apartment after he was last seen over 24 hours entering his flat.
Sources said that the deceased hailed from Ughelli North and had attempted suicide over a month ago after his girlfriend reportedly jilted him as the victim was identified as Efe Okolose but was revived in his suicide attempt after consuming some dangerous sustances in a bid to take his own life until friends reportedly assisted him to stay alife .
But the police commissioner in the State, Hafiz Muhammed Inuwah confirmed the incident adding investigation was ongoing with a view to ensuring the truth in the incident and warned against any funny story around the incident.