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Ikoku Traders Eviction: Union Leaders Finger Mastermind

Leaders of the Ikoku Spare Parts Market have raised alarm over alleged threat to the lives of some members of the Union executives in the market.

Chairman of Port Harcourt Spare Parts Union, High Chief Anthony Alaribeole who made the allegations in a chat with The Vortex in his office accused one Emeka Udensi, a former shop owner in the market of threatening to harm him and some of his executives over their resistance to the attempted demolition of the market by the new Landlords of the market.

Alaribeole alleged that he and some members of his executives in the market have been receiving anonymous phone calls and threats from some persons for their refusal to back down on the eviction notice given to the traders by the Landlord.

Alaribeole said he has reported the matter to the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph Mukan, and the Department of State Service (DSS) adding Mr. Udensi should be held responsible if any harm befall him or any of the leaders of the Union. 

The chairman stated that the Union executives had also petitioned the management Rivers State Lotto over the activities of Mr. Udensi whom he said is an agent of the company in the Diobu area.

Reacting to the allegations, had in a phone conversation Mr. Udensi denied that he was threatening the lives of members of the Ikoku Union executives.

 The Vortex recalls that the Ikoku Spare Parts Market have recently been embroidered in turmoil over threat of forceful eviction by the landlord. An attempt by some people who claimed to be the new Landlords of the Market to use bulldozers to pull down the market was fiercely resist a week ago which led to shootings in the area.

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