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The Commissioner for Trade and Commerce in Anambra State, Chief Uchenna Okafor has warned market leaders against holding political rallies and campaigns in the various market across the state.
He disclosed that the position of the state government was that the market environment should never be used for political rallies or campaigns and should not be allowed into markets to avoid causing confusion in the markets.
Okafor gave the warning during a meeting with all stakeholders and market leaders held at the office of the Head Of Service (HOS) Conference Hall, State Secretariat, Awka also alerted all market leaders to be vigilant due to the security challenges facing the state in recent times.
He said: ‘There are diverse political interests in the markets, and some politicians will want to take advantage of traders and their markets.
‘They should not be allowed into markets to avoid causing confusion in the markets.’’
‘What is happening is so dangerous that security agents are killed and their arms were taken away. In two incidents at Awkuzu and Nneni, some security agents were killed.
‘If such happens in a market environment, casualties will be so much. The weapons carted away by unknown gunmen who perpetrated the crimes may be used to commit other crimes.
‘Anambra State has been the most peaceful and safest state in Nigeria, but when security agents that have given us that success are attacked and dislodged, we are in danger,’ he said.
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