Mustapha Shu’aibu Sulaiman
The Chairman, Galadima Road Traders Association, Kano state, Mustapha Shu’aibu Sulaiman, has disclosed how suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) burnt their trucks carrying palm oil from the eastern part of the country to Kano State. Excerpts:
There is story going round that some traders from this market recorded loss while transporting goods from the eastern part of the country. What actually happened and where?
“Two trucks fully loaded with palm oil belonging to our members were attacked in Nsukka Local Government in Enugu state on their way to Kano state from South East on Sunday.
The two trucks were carrying 2,544 jerry cans of palm oil. One was carrying 1,056, while the other was carrying 1,488.
When they were stopped, our drivers left the trucks and ran into the bush to save their lives, and this is how the IPOB members set the trucks ablaze.”
What is the value of these goods?
“The value of the vehicles and the goods is worth over N80 million.”
Who owns them?
“The goods belong to our members numbering about 50, who are mostly small businessmen. Some have just 20 jerry cans, some 50, and so on. And, most of them, that was all they had and now both the goods and the trucks have been burnt down.
Even yesterday, some of these traders have attempted to stage protest with placards, but we were able to calm them down with the support of the police.”