- There are indications that cattle dealers in Nigeria may withdraw their services completely
- The association is giving the government a seven-day ultimatum to meet their demands or they would go on strike
- The leadership of the union alleged that members across the nation are being attacked
As Nigerians battle the current economic challenges cattle dealers are threatening to withdraw their services nationwide.
The Amalgamated Union of Food and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AFUCDN) has expressed displeasure that its members are allegedly being killed in various parts of the country.
The leadership of the union on Sunday, February 21, said they are giving the government till February 24, to address their issues or they would commence industrial action, The Sun reports.
A statement issued by AFUCDN alleged that there have been incessant attacks on their members and their properties across the country since the #ENDSARS protest in October 2020.
Ahmed Alarama, the secretary-general of the association, claimed that some of their members were killed and their properties destroyed in the recent violence that took place in Shasha community in Ibadan, Oyo state.
He explained that the union had written to the federal government, state governments, first-class emirs, amongst others about their tragedy but did not get any response.
The group said they are demanding that the Nigerian government broker an agreement between the 36 states and AFUCDN.
Alarama went on to note that if nothing is done at the end of the seven-day ultimatum, the group will call on its members to stop the movement of their cattle and goods nationwide.
Violence erupts in Ibadan
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that there was palpable tension at Shasha community in Akinyele local government area of Ibadan, Oyo state, as reprisal attacks broke out over the death of one cobbler simply identified as Shakirudeen.
Shakirudeen was reportedly killed while settling a rift between a woman and a porter in the market.
A source from the market narrated how the incident happened to Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole.
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