By Okey Obiozo
According to our findings, on Thursday September 3, traders under the aegis of the Onitsha Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers Union (OPPMDU) had a violent disagreement.
The pandemonium allegedly started when the chairman of the union, Mr Uche Eze decided to impose a 20,000 naira union levy on its members. This move did sit well with some the members, culminating into a protest purportedly led by one Mr Chizoba Ezeokoye who circulated a notice for a meeting on the matter. According to reports, in this process Mr. Ezeokoye was beaten up by the task force loyal to the chairman.
Mr Chibuzor Nwokeji, a key member of the market confirmed the incident “My secretary informed me that there was a crowd around my line, when I came to the scene, I discovered that a lot of people were arguing with the members of the EXCO and the task force who were trying to force a boy to follow them to the office of the chairman.”
It took the intervention of officers of the Fegge police station and a few other leaders of the market who got the disagreeing factions to meet. It is not yet announced what the decision of the union is on the levy.
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