Awka - An Ocha Brigade working under Governor Willie Obiano's allegedly attacked several market women at Ogbaru Market in Anambra State on Wednesday, Reported Punch.
Some of the injured women were rushed to an unnamed hospital in Ogbaru.
The spokesperson for the traders, Charles Orji, said, “We could not believe our eyes when these Ocha Brigade people and their thugs numbering over 300 invaded the market this afternoon.
“I got a phone call that some hoodlums had invaded the relief market and on getting there, I saw Okonkwo, the commander of Ocha Brigade with his men beating traders, destroying their goods and shooting sporadically.
One of the injured women, Mrs. Chinyere Okafor, told reporters that she lost N45,000 cash and her goods.
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Ocha Brigade has been having issues with traders in the state over revenue collection.
Kenneth Okonkwo Managing Director of Clean and Healthy Anambra of the Ocha Brigade said in an interview with Odogwu Media Communication, "People see us as devils in human incarnate, but it will never way us down. Enforcing people to pay taxes under my supervision must be in-line with the vision and mission of Governor Obiano to promote Anambra State".
State Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Uzoamaka Ilobi, assured traders that the Obiano administration would look into the attack.
- News24 Nigeria