From Nweke Nweke, Awka,
Aba women riot of 1926 where thousands of women protested complete naked to demonstrate their displeasure on the attmpt by the government to force them to pay tax repeated itself at Obinwanne Shopping Plaza, Silas Works Road, Onitsha, Anambra state today when team of policemen, officers of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and members of Governor Obiano’s set up Ocha Brigade stormed the plaza and ejected the women numbering hundreds.
The alleged attack on the women, 247ureports.com learnt, provoked the women traders to publicly protest half naked in pressing home that the administration of His Excellency, Chief Willie Maduabuchukwu Obiano seems not to have planned well for the women folk in the state.
According to an eyewitness account, the policemen, NSCDC officials and Ocha Brigade men arrived the plaza at about 12. 34am and on their arrival, the law enforcement agents and youths suspected to be hoodlums, attacked and over powered the local vihilante men on ground by allegedly assaulting them fiscally, even as security operatives are accused alongside the hoodlums to have carting away goods said to be running in millions of Naira.
It was gathered that a good number of commercial truck drivers that brought perishable goods to the plaza were allegedly diverted to yet to be known destination at the time of filling this report.
Narrating his ordeal in the hands of the agents to the state government, the chief security officer of the plaza, Mr. Ejike Ezeh confided on reporters that there were no earlier notice given to the owner of the plaza, (Chief Sabeat Uzoeto) by the government to eject the women traders, dealing on perishable goods.
Commenting, a widow who gave her name as Mrs. Thereasa Chukwuemeka said she have been trading in the said place for over 10 years now, wondering why the present administration in the state has decided to relocate women dealing on food stuffs to Atani Road, where according to the widow,has no security of any kind.
Efforts made to reach the owner of the private market, Chief Sabest Uzoeto hit on the rock as constant calls made across to his GSM line, kept repeating “Not Available, Call Back Later”
When contacted for comment through his GSM line, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Fegge Police Station, SP Garuba Rabiu said he was not aware of the matter despite the fact that the said plaza is located within his area of jurisdiction