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Igbo Traders Shutdown Kano in Peaceful Protest

Commercial activities were paralysed in Kano yesterday as Igbo traders across the 44 local government areas of the state shut their shops.

The traders’ action was to protest the alleged killing of Augustine Tochukwu Ilo, 42, a patent medicine dealer, by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Ilo from Umunze in Orumba-South of Anambra State, was shot by two men identified as SARS operatives from Bompai Police Headquarters, last Wednesday.

The over 10,000 protesters gathered at Rumfa Primary School, Sabon Gari, to also protest the killing of Bridget Agbahime by religious fundamentalists at Kofar Wambai market about three months ago.

They prayed for the repose of the souls of the departed and demanded justice, insisting that never again should such cruel actions be taken against them.

The traders carried placards with inscriptions such as, “Enough is enough, stop killing Igbos”; “Igbos are God’s own people, even animals cannot be killed as the Igbos are being indiscriminately killed in Kano”; “What is our offence, are we not Nigerians?”

The protest, which held amid tight security by the police and other security agencies, com­menced with the closure of thousands of shops owned by Igbo traders in the different markets in the metropolis as early as 6 00am.

Eze Ndigbo Kano, Chief Boniface Ibekwe disclosed the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi 11 had waded into the issue, assuring the traders of the determination of the monarch to ensure that justice was done.

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