Sit-At-Home: One Dead As Traders Protest Enugu Market Shops Closure

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No less than one person was allegedly shot and killed by an anti-riot police squad who forcefully wanted to stop protesters at Ogbete main market in Enugu on Wednesday.

Enugu residents were protesting against the seal of their shops by the state government for their compliance with last Monday’s sit-at-home order that was issued by the Finland-based Simon Ekpa.

It was also learnt that many other traders sustained various degrees of gun injuries.

Recall that the Enugu State government on Monday sealed the shops of traders who did not open their shops on Monday.

An eyewitness narrated that the aggrieved Ogbete traders were protesting peacefully in the market environment over the illegal sealing of their shops by the state government before police intercepted them and started shooting in the air.

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According to them, “We are angry, to open shop is not by force. State government should leave us alone to do our business”.

One of the traders, popularly known as Lasisy told our correspondent that, “They’ve been shooting and killing people in the market here.

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“The traders started protesting here because those whose shops were closed because of the sit-at-home were asked to pay money before their shops will be reopened. They said they will not part with any money and that was how the protest started.”

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