Ikoku Traders Keep Vigil Over Eviction Threat
Traders of the popular Ikoku Motor Spare Parts Marker in Port Harcourt Rivers State have resorted to keeping vigil on their stores in the Market for fear of forceful eviction.
Chairman of the Spare Parts Market, High Chief Anthony Alaribeoke who spoke to The Vortex on the recent face off between the traders and landowners alleged that some shops in the market were vandalized by thugs.
According to Chief Alaribeole, on August 7, Eze our Landlord visited the area with some officials of the Nigeiran Civil Defence corps NCDC and orally informed us that the landlord harbouring the Market has been sold to some investors and asked them to vacate the land by the end of August, 2020.
Alaribeole said the traders were surprised when they were alerted that the Landlord came with some persons dressed in NCDC uniform and began vandalizing shops in the market.
Chief Alaribeole, who is the chairman of the Caretaker Committee of Port Harcourt Motor Parts Dealers Union, however appealed to Governor Nyesom Wike to come to the aid of the traders and assist in resolving the crises between them and Ikoku Landlord.
He lamented the monumental economic hardship and security challenge which the action of the Landlord if not resolve will inflict on the thousands of traders at the Spare Parts Market.
The Chairman called on public sprinted individuals and others Nigerians to speak out against the unjust actions of the Landlord, emphasizing that as tenants on the land for over 40years, three weeks oral notice of eviction to the traders was legally and morally unacceptable.
Chief Alaribeole said traders in the Market have become apprehensive in leaving the market to their homes adding that the Union has engaged private security to watch over the Market.
“As law abiding citizens, we will await government reaction before take further action on the matter,” he said.