Thursday, July 20

Smoked Fish Seller Beaten To Coma In Benin By Obaseki Boys (Photos)

At Mission road axis yesterday evening at about 5:35pm a certain woman selling smoked fish was beaten to coma by boys engaged by Governor Obaseki to curb street trading.

From what was gathered from those on ground, they said as from 5pm in every evening these miscreants apprehend traders, take them to Oba Market Police Station, demand money for failing to be settled.

According to reports, the so called Obaseki boys as they are fondly referred to get settled on a daily basis.Any failure to settle them result to arrest of the  helpless sellers.They are usually left to sleep in the cell so as to appear before the mobile court the following day.Whoever pays the sum of between N15k to N30k gets released.

In as much as we condemn the act of street trading under any guise, traders shouldn't be subjected to this inhuman and uncivil treatment in the hands of these extortionists.

Government should as a matter of urgency device more acceptable approach to address this menace.

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