Kidnap: Igbo Traders Are Now Endangered Species In Cross River – Traders Protest - Nicole Kaima's Blog


Monday, June 22, 2020

Kidnap: Igbo Traders Are Now Endangered Species In Cross River – Traders Protest

Shops and other business activities belonging to Igbo traders in Cross River State were on Monday, June 22, closed
down over incessant kidnappings of Igbo traders in the state.

At Watt, Etim Edim and Marian Markets, Calabar, shops were all under lock and key. It was gathered that the kidnapping was too frequent.

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The latest being the CEO of Odinka Electrical and Electronics, Chief Odinka Odinka who was kidnapped alongside a former board member of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar, FNPH, Princess Filia Henshaw.

According to reports, Chief Odinka, who is said to be in his 70s and an asthmatic patient, was kidnapped from his shop at Target Street Calabar South LGA.

The leadership of Igbo union directed all traders were to close their shops and business activities in all the major markets in Cross River State.

A trader identified as John Okechukwu who spoke to newsmen revealed that Igbo traders now lived in fear over what he called “rampant kidnapping of Igbo traders in the state”.

“The kidnapping of Igbos in the state is becoming alarming. We are living in fear. Igbo traders are endangered species. Chief Odinka was kidnapped since February and his abductors have refused to release him while others have been released. 

“We were directed to close down shops for today and tomorrow to protest and demand for the release of all Igbo traders,” he said.

However, in a statement on Sunday night signed by Dr. Alfred Mboto, Permanent Secretary, Security Services, the Cross River State government told the traders to disregard the directive, vowing to “prosecute any person or group of persons under any guise seen obstructing any Igbo trader from opening his/her shop for business in the state on Monday, June 22, 2020 and Tuesday, June 23, 2020”.

“The Government is also aware of the threat of N50, 000 surcharge by the union on any Igbo trader who opens his or her shop for business within the two days.

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“The union is rather enjoined to encourage the state government on the on-going war against kidnappers, cultists, drug trades, arm robbers and other illegal operations in the state instead of scuttling the effort of government,” the statement read in part.

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