Sales of Newspapers Now Unlawful in Some Parts of Aba

Authoritative information reaching our newsroom from Southern City News is that sales of newspapers is now unlawful in certain places in Aba and Abia State as a whole based on the incidence that ensued on Friday where some group of boys said to be working for the Ministry of Works confiscated newspapers from a vendor at Living Word Junction and afterwards asked him to appear before the court.

Report has it that some members of the Aba Urban Renewal task force on Friday confiscated some copies of newspapers belonging to one Mr Nwankwo Chijioke in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State.

The vendor who narrated his ordeal to Southern City News claims that members of the taskforce stormed his newspaper stand at Living Word Junction in Aba at the wee hours of the day on Friday and ordered him to stop selling and pack his belongings without a prior notice.

Newspaper stand
Everyone who is conversant with Aba, Enyimba city knows too well that that newsstand has being the major gathering point of Aba residents.

However, sources informed us that members of the task force teams were said to be acting on the instruction of the State Ministry of Works and Transport who are currently reconstructing the Aba-Owerri road..

One of the eyewitnesses at the scene of the event said that the vendor had complied with the instruction of the task force team by packing his newspapers, but was shocked to his marrows to see another member of the task force team from the Aba Urban Renewal attempting to disappear with his newspaper without payment. 

It was then on this note that the vendor, Mr Nwankwo accosted him and asked for payment, but instead of him to pay, the officer became violent and packed all his newspaper into their vehicle and then instructed him to appear before the court so as to answer before the court why he is selling newspaper at an unlawful place.
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 “I was disappointed by the behavior of the said government task force team who frustrated my business for the day,” Chijioke said.

Some vendors in Aba who spoke with Southern City News, condemned the development and wondered if the state government wanted to deprive the people of the opportunity of accessing newspapers in the state, especially in Aba.

James Obinna, a regular newspaper customer said he was saddened by the situation and urged Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to create conducive environment for vendors to sell their papers.
At the time of filing this report, Mr Chijioke was yet to collect his confiscated newspapers and an undisclosed amount of money at the custody of the task force team.

Using the media agency, Chijioke called on Ikpeazu to order the release of his newspapers and the money seized by task force members.

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Most unfortunately, every effort made by Southern City News to contact the Commissioner for Works and Transports, Hon. Eziuche Ubani (owner of Magic FM, a local radio station in Aba), for comments over the development proved abortive as he was said to be out on official engagement when the reporter visited his office in Umuahia, the administrative capital of Abia State.

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