Aba Traders Demand Government Intervention Amid Military Siege

Traders from Ngwa Road market in Aba staged a protest at the Abia State Government House in Umuahia, seeking intervention against the military siege on their market following the May 30 killings of five soldiers by unknown gunmen.

The traders, who protested on Tuesday, appealed to Governor Alex Otti to address their concerns. They carried placards expressing their dissatisfaction with the ongoing situation and called on the Governor to end the siege.

Chinedu Oforndu, President of the Traders’ Association, spoke to newsmen at the Government House, Umuahia, lamenting that they have been unable to access their shops since the violent incident at Obikabia.

Mr. Oforndu claimed that the military’s actions have caused significant hardship, making it difficult for traders to provide for their families. “Our shops are under siege by the military since May 30. We don’t have access to our shops again. Hunger is dealing with us,” he stated. “Governor, please, come to our rescue.”

Chief Nwaka Inem, Special Adviser to the Governor on Trade, Commerce, and Industry, responded by commending the traders for their peaceful protest. Chief Inem urged the Ngwa Road traders to remain calm and assured them that their grievances would be conveyed to Governor Otti.

The military reported that the attack on its troops on May 30 was carried out by terrorists from the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), resulting in the deaths of five soldiers and six civilians.

The attack occurred at a checkpoint where the suspected separatists were enforcing a lockdown to commemorate the ‘Republic of Biafra.’ In response, the Abia State Government has announced a N25 million reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the killings.

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