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Traders in Jos Terminus market resist arrest of their member by the police.

By Patrick Oyongha

The Igbo market Trade union in the Jos Terminus market of Plateau state, has resisted what it called, the unlawful arrest of it’s member, popularly known as “Actor” by men of the Nigerian Police Force from the Angua Rogo Division.

The suspect, “Actor” standing, looking very surprised and confused

Some of the traders who spoke to news men on condition of anonymity said that “it is the new style that the police used to get money from innocent traders, and that whenever the police are lacking money they will just go to the cell and bring out a criminal and bring him to the market and ask him to point at anybody. They will arrest the person and take the person to their station for bail.

The suspect, “Actor,” told our community reporter that “he was in his shop selling when the men of the Nigerian Police and a boy walked in to his shop, and the boy pointed at him, and he was arrested and thrown into the police van. As the police were about to reverse the van, some traders blocked the van and ask the police why are they arresting me and where were they taking me to. The  police could not explain to the traders, so the traders had to open the door and removed me from the police van.”

One of the police man who spoke briefly to the public explained that, “Actor” was accused of theft by the boy in their van.

And that was the reason they came to arrest  him to the station for some questioning before the trader’s resisted the arrest. The angry law enforcement agent promised that the chairman of the union will be invited to the station to answer some questions.

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