Traders in Anambra protested at the Government House in Awka yesterday citing the government’s leadership imposition o them.

They accused Dr. Christian Madubuko, the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, of creating confusion at the Onitsha Electronics Market by trying to impose an unpopular leadership on them.

Led by Simon Okonkwo, the traders alleged that the commissioner had some months back dissolved the leadership of the market under one Izuchukwu and established a caretaker committee to oversee the activities of the traders in the market only to turn round days later to reinstate the sacked leadership.

The traders said, “The commissioner is causing confusion in the market. We cannot understand why somebody can be talking from two sides of his mouth.

“This commissioner came to the market and instituted a caretaker committee to oversee the market.

“But shortly, he came back and dissolved the caretaker committee without any explanation to us.

“The next thing we heard was that he had reinstated the former leadership before the caretaker committee was set and asked them to start organising an election for Saturday.”

“This is arbitrariness. We cannot take it from anybody. That is why we are here to let the governor know this development and call his commissioner to order because we are going to resist this imposition.

The traders said they started suspecting the commissioner’s move when he changed the venue of their election to another local government area without any reason.

The commissioner in a swift reaction described some of the market leaders as fraudsters.

He said the state government had lost millions of naira to corrupt revenue collectors in the market whom he said had engaged in printing and issuing of fake receipts to unsuspecting members of the public.

He also alleged that one of the market leaders had defrauded the state government up to the tune of N110 million and that he had asked the Department of State Services to arrest the culprit anywhere they get him.

He added, “These things won’t stop until we jail some of these market leaders for defrauding the government and I have started the process.”

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