23 June 2020
The attention of the Cross River State Government has been drawn to a plan by some members of Igbo traders union in the Calabar metropolis to force their members to close their shops for two days with effect from Monday, June 22, 2020.
Government is also aware of the threat of N50,000 surcharge by the union on any Igbo trader who opens his or her shop for business within the two days.
Their plan is unacceptable to government and government will do everything within her power and the law to arrest and prosecute any person or group of persons under any guise seen obstructing any Igbo trader from opening his/her shop for business in the state on Monday, June 22, 2020 and Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
All Igbo traders in Calabar and the entire Cross River state are therefore, advised to disregard the call and threat of the Igbo traders union and go ahead to open their shopes for their legitimate businesses.
The union is rather enjoined to encourage the state government on the on-going war against kidnappers, cultists, drug trades, arm robbers and other illegal operations in the state instead of scuttling the effort of government.
Be properly guided, please.
Dr. Alfred Mboto KSM
Permanent Secretary (SSO)
21st June 2020