Traders at the Araromi Oke-Odo Market in the Abule Egba area of Lagos State have called on the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to rescue them from alleged harassment by the National Union of Road Transport Workers.
The traders said the NURTW members had started harassing them over fees, adding that the market was not their park.
A statement by the Araromi Oke-Odo Market Association on Sunday, which was signed by the Iya Oja, Modupe Sonola, said the Iyaloja General, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, had stopped all forms of ticketing in the market by the NURTW.
The traders alleged that the NURTW had refused to stop, calling on Ambode to wade in and stop the “illegality in the market by the transporters”.
The statement said the crisis in the market could portray the government as one that encouraged lawlessness and brigandage.
It read in part, “Traders in the Araromi Oke-Odo Market think that the action to rid all markets in Lagos State of miscreants should be supported and backed by the state government to further portray the All Progressives Congress as a party that has truly come to save the nation from activities that had for years portrayed Nigeria as a lawless country.”
The traders alleged that a member of the NURTW had been using the police to harass them and unleash terror on the market.
They said the harassment stopped after a meeting with the NURTW leadership, but noted that the union member had resumed “the usual extortion.”
They added that the extortion could encourage revolt in the market.
“We therefore appeal to the governor and all lovers of peace and good governance in Lagos State to help us. The market ought not to be involved in the NURTW operation,” the statement added.
A text message sent to the Chairman of the NURTW, Lagos chapter, Tajudeen Agbede, had yet to be replied to as of press time.
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