Sowore Slams Nigerian Army For Shutting Banex Plaza In Abuja Over Soldiers, Traders’ Clash

Date: 22-05-2024 2:36 pm (3 weeks ago) | Author: onuigbo felicia
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Popular Nigerian activist and former presidential aspirant, Omoyele Sowore, has taken a swipe at the Nigerian Army for closing Banex Plaza in Abuja.

Posting on his X account on Tuesday, Sowore said the act was a repression of the civilian spaces by soldiers, and that it should be stopped.

Recall that the Nigerian Army announced the closure of a popular electronic and telecommunications gadgets market in Abuja following the clash that broke out between some traders and soldiers on Saturday.

The chaos that went viral over the weekend started  with the sale of a ‘faulty phone’ by a trader to a soldier.

On Tuesday, the Army, however, said it shut the plaza following the assault of its unarmed men by some hoodlums in the market.

Giving an update on the issue, a statement issued by Director of Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, on Tuesday, said;

“Following the recent unrest at Banex Plaza in Wuse, Abuja, on Saturday 18 May 2024, by yet to be identified hoodlums who launched a brutal attack on some Nigerian Army personnel, a swift intervention by soldiers and policemen on internal security duties salvaged the situation and rescued the attacked personnel from being lynched by the hoodlums.

“It is important to note that the soldiers attacked were unarmed, did not engage in any form of aggression, and posed no threat to anyone. Therefore, the cruel treatment meted out to them was entirely unwarranted and unjustifiable.

“In response to this unfortunate incident, a meeting was convened with the management of Banex Plaza to identify and apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous act by temporarily shutting down activities in the plaza to ensure that the hoodlums who have been using the Banex neighborhood as a sanctuary to pose a security threat to the Federal Capital Territory were apprehended.”

Reacting to the statement, Sowore asked the army authorities to swiftly end the siege and order the soldiers to leave the civilian space.

He said, “It is unheard of, even under military rule, that civilian spaces would be shut down in a business that employs thousands over a disagreement between soldiers and civilians.

“The Nigerian army should stop military men who are not on active duties from putting on uniforms, so many of these military men have been caught in heinous crimes.

“Recently, the @HQNigerianArmy leveled a village in Delta state, and now you’re using the might of the military to shut down commercial activities in a matter that is purely a civil matter; military men have abducted journalists and arbitrarily engaged in repression.”

“These acts must stop immediately! #RevolutionNow,”
he added.

Posted: at 22-05-2024 02:36 PM (3 weeks ago) | Addicted Hero
- gogoman at 22-05-2024 02:51 PM (3 weeks ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 22-05-2024 02:51 PM (3 weeks ago) | Grande Master
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Country were laws only guide and restrict the poor. Lawless country
Posted: at 22-05-2024 02:55 PM (3 weeks ago) | Addicted Hero
- Baye77 at 22-05-2024 05:07 PM (3 weeks ago)
You sell fake phone to military men, they brought it back, you gathered yourselves and beat them blue black, while in their uniforms... If it was during General Obasanjo, they'd have maimed many people by now and nothing will happen.
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- fineboy77 at 23-05-2024 04:18 AM (3 weeks ago)
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Beating soldiers on Uniform is not the wisest thing to do.

Posted: at 23-05-2024 04:18 AM (3 weeks ago) | Addicted Hero


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