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Police Order Stoppage Of Illegal Revenue Collection At Troubled Market

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Posted: Oct 5, 2016 at 6:20 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emma Arubi

Warri – The Police have ordered the stoppage of illegal collection of revenue by any group of youths at the troubled Ogbe-Ijoh Market in Warri, Delta State.

The decision to stop the revenue collection was as a result of persistent fighting by Ijaw and Urhobo youths each claiming to have exclusive right to ownership of the market land.

The Police Area Commander had ordered the shutdown of the market following increasing skirmishes which beganm on Monday with a shootout by the youth groups.

The decision to temporarily shut down the market was taken by ACP Mohammed Muazu, the Warri Area Commander of the Nigeria Police, on Tuesday after a crucial meeting with the parties involved in the crisis and selected stakeholders at Police ‘A’ Division, Warri.

The skirmishes escalated Tuesday again with reports claiming the Ijaw youths barred traders from doing business in the market and stopped everyone from accessing the market, even as gunshots rented the air before the security agencies took control of the tense situation.

After further appeal, the security agencies through the A/C said that all parties should go about their businesses and no collection of any levy within the market as well as no erection of any structure in the market pending the decision of the government.