Traders seek Enugu Govt’s intervention on market security
By Millicent Onaga, Enugu
The Executive members of Ogbete Market Amalgamated Traders Association, OMATA in Enugu has raised an alarm over the worsening insecurity around the market place allegedly caused by some hoodlums popularly known as ‘Born throw way’.
Speaking to some journalists in Enugu, the Caretaker Chairman, Hon. Cosmos Ejike stated that the various incriminating activities going on in front of the market place otherwise called Holy Ghost, along the Rail axis is becoming worrisome.
Stating that the activities of the so-called ‘Born throw way’ has become a very serious menace to the activities of traders at the market and indeed, Enugu as a metropolis, the council boss said, “We don’t have much problem inside the market but it is outside the market, Holy Ghost that we are having serious security challenge.
The activities of these guys have caused the death of many while others are attacked and their belongings being taken away. We need the security agencies, like the Police, Civil Defense and Army to intervene in this situation as it is beyond our ability” he stated.
The Chief Security Office, CSO of Ogbete main market Enugu, Ezebinagu Kasie Justus who attested to the activities of the ‘Born throw way’ guys stated that since the inception of his office, there has been reduction of crime rate to 2 percent but the Holy ghost Rail-way axis has remained a problem to them in the market.
According to him, “it was still the activities emanating from these said guys that led to the death of their gang member last two weeks in Ogbete main market where one of the group members chased one from their hideouts to the open place and killed him, a situation that caused tension in the market for close to two days.
“We started experiencing their heat last year, though they don’t come into the market but it is affecting the market activities, the government should please look into it. Their operation is worrisome, just from the hours of 6:30 in the evening to 7 O’clock in the morning.
They are almost forming a confraternity, they live and carry out their criminal activities there I must say that they have established a settlement there. We beg that the security agencies come to our rescue by raiding the area to chase them away totally”, he stated.
A member of the Caretaker Committee, Mrs. Ngozi Nnamuoko who also made a similar call on security agencies to look into the matter, stating,” I personally think they have not done enough, I don’t think those guys are bigger or stronger than them that they cannot handle the case”, adding that, “it is a dent on the market’s name and Enugu State as a whole.”