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Crackdown on Newspaper Vendors in Anambra Condemned By Labour Party Forum

The destruction of newspaper on newsstands in Awka, the capital of Anambra State, has been denounced by a group called the Forum of Labour Party 2023 House of Assembly Candidates in Anambra State.

Newspaper vendors were the target of a recent crackdown by representatives of the Awka Capital Territory Development Agency, an organization tasked with the city’s development, who confiscated and destroyed their goods.

However, the organization called the measure “dictatorial” in a statement signed by Humphrey Iloh, the group’s spokesperson.The group said: “We’ve been alerted to social media trending stories featuring visual and audio proof of the Prof. Soludo-led government smashing newspaper stands and assaulting newspaper vendors in Awka.

“Also, on Friday, February 16, 2024, at Ogbo-ogwu in Onitsha, the brutal killing of one Mr. Arinze Obunadike, a drug dealer at Ogbo-ogwu, and resident of Iyiowa Odekpe, in Ogbaru LGA and indigene of Okija in Ihiala LGA, by Special Anambra State Anti-Touting Squad (SASA).

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“We, the members of the Forum of Labour Party 2023 House of Assembly Candidates condemn in its entirety these double tragic and unfortunate acts by the Prof. Soludo-led government and other previous actions, which are clear indications that Anambra State is now under a dictatorial regime.

“The Anambra State of today is not the friendly and peaceful Anambra that the previous governments left for Prof. Chukwuma Soludo. “His current style of governance is totally against Section 14(2) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, which declares that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government,” the group said.

The forum gave Soludo advice to stop killing, impoverishing, frightening, and humiliating the state’s citizens.It said that, in order to save the Anambra people from the despotic government, it would be left with no choice but to file a request with the court for an injunction compelling the state House of Assembly to start the impeachment process against the governor.

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