Spare parts dealers, Mechanics and Traders at the Ikokwu market area has been told to sit at home on Wednesday 29th January 2020 as a form of protest over allege continuous arrest and detention of its members by the Rivers State Police command.
The Chairman of Ikokwu market Union Chief Iwu Anthony-Aribene told our shortly after the address by the Ohaneze Ndigbo that the Traders Had set this Wednesday tagged ‘’Black Wednesday’’ to protest over the death of Chima and the four others in prison custody including the arrest of over 50 persons picked by police last Monday for protesting.
Chief Iwu Anthony ordered all traders operating in Ikokwu to close their shops on Wednesday and observe a sit at home protest over the allege torture to death of a mechanic in Ikokwu Chima Ikwunado with 4 others sent to prison by the police in Rivers state.
He said the Black Wednesday declared by the traders is to press home their demand to ensure that the four people arrested with late Chima Ikwunado and 29 new set arrested for protesting are released with immediate effect. Saying you cannot beat us and tell us not to cry’’ if we protest on the streets of Ikokwu Police will send their bad boys to cause confusion, they bad boys will use the opportunity to start stealing Phones and robbing people, we have learnt our lesson.
For their part the vice president of the Ohaneze Ndigbo lawyers Emmanuel Barr Okpara said the Igbo lawyers are calling for a private investigation into the matter which they intend to escalate, if nothing is done about the whole matter here in rivers state he hinted that Igbo Lawyers went to see the 4 mechanic charged to prison custody on Tuesday and also express shock that a magistrate court could accept to entertain such a matter seeing the health status of the men wheeled into court by the police without prodding further. He said Igbos might take the matter to The Nigeria Senate for prompt action.