There was tension over the weekend at the Artisan market in the Enugu North Local Government Area of Enugu state following an instruction by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to eject occupants of the market, predominantly Hausa people, from the area. The traders who claimed to have spent over 16 years in the market alleged that they were being harassed and treated like animals by the government
It was gathered that Governor Ugwuanyi had on Wednesday convened a meeting with leaders of the Hausa community and directed the traders to be relocated to a temporary site, citing a court judgment in favor of Citi Gas company as the owner of the land against one Sani Mohammed and others doing cow business on the land.
A day after the meeting with the governor, the market located along Enugu- Port Harcourt express-road, was allegedly invaded by some security personnel and 200 thugs to oversee its demolition without any notice. A former chairman of Artisan market, Alhaji Adamu Mayiwa said the demolition attempt was however met with stiff resistance by some unidentified youths who sustained various degrees of bullet injury, including a woman who broke her hand.
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