Army, thugs, traders clash over market elections in Onitsha

Okegwo Kenechukwu


There was pandemonium at the New Auto Spare Parts Market, Nkpor in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State yesterday, following a clash between the Army, thugs and traders over the conduct of the market election. Saturday Telegraph gathered that trouble started at 10am in the morning when the President of Anambra State Market Amalgamated traders Association (ASMATAS), Chief Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu, stormed the market with members of his task force numbering over 200. On getting to the market he saw a detachment of Army officers fully Armed and directed that they should leave the market before the election would be conducted. But the traders refused his task force entry into the market when the president directed that the Army officers should not be part of the election.

There was confusion following the argument that ensued and people had to run for safety when both parties started throwing pebbles and stones. This development prompted the ASMATAS’ president to suspend the election indefinitely. Speaking in an interview with journalists, the incumbent chairman of the market, who is also contesting for a second term in office, Chief Elysius Ozokwere, admitted inviting the Army officers to the market to help provide adequate security during the election. But Ekwegbalu, who also reacted, accused the military officers invited by the chairman of the market of being there to cause mayhem, even as he said they were on illegal duty. He said: “We use our task force, the police and DSS in conducting our elections into various markets. The invitation of the Army was strange.

“To my surprise when I asked the chairman, who invited the Army, he said he was the one. “Then I directed him to ask them to leave but he refused. It is my duty to invite the security operatives in any market election in the state and the Nkpor New Auto Spare Parts Market election is no different. “I went there with only 35 members of my task force, having earlier made arrangement for the police presence during the election. “I have to call off the election till further notice because we don’t want a breakdown of law and other.”

Related posts

13 Thoughts to “Army, thugs, traders clash over market elections in Onitsha”

  1. whoah this weblog is magnificent i love reading your posts. Keep up the good paintings! You understand, lots of people are looking round for this info, you could aid them greatly.

  2. You made some first rate factors there. I looked on the internet for the difficulty and found most individuals will go together with together with your website.

  3. As I website possessor I believe the content material here is rattling excellent , appreciate it for your efforts. You should keep it up forever! Best of luck.

  4. Aw, this was a really nice post. In thought I would like to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and actual effort to make an excellent article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and not at all appear to get something done.

  5. Hi there, I found your site by means of Google even as searching for a comparable matter, your website got here up, it looks good. I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  6. whoah this blog is wonderful i love reading your articles. Keep up the good work! You know, many people are looking around for this information, you can help them greatly.

  7. You are my intake, I possess few web logs and very sporadically run out from brand :). “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” by E. B. White.

  8. you have got a terrific weblog here! would you like to make some invite posts on my weblog?

  9. obviously like your web-site however you have to take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I to find it very bothersome to tell the reality on the other hand I will certainly come again again.

  10. you might have an incredible blog right here! would you like to make some invite posts on my weblog?

  11. Thanks for another informative blog. Where else could I get that type of info written in such an ideal way? I’ve a project that I’m just now working on, and I have been on the look out for such information.

  12. What’s Happening i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It positively helpful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to contribute & assist other users like its aided me. Great job.

  13. I got what you mean , regards for posting.Woh I am thankful to find this website through google. “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” by Seneca.

Leave a Reply