DSS invites leader of Northern traders for blocking food delivery to South
The Department of State Services (DSS) has invited Mohammed Tahir, the President of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN), over his group’s blockade of food items coming from the North to the South.
The blockade was said to be a fallout of an indefinite strike embarked upon by AUFCDN to protest the killing of their members and destruction of their properties in the South.
General Secretary of the group, Ahmed Alaramma confirmed Tahir’s invitation by the secret police on Monday during a press briefing in Abuja.
He said Tahir had yet to be released as of the time of the briefing.
Alaramma alleged maltreatment of the group’s members by the Army since the strike began.
“The situation report we were receiving in Zaria, Kaduna state, in Niger, Taraba and Kogi states is that there is intimidation by the Nigerian army. We wrote to all the security agencies about our strike, but unfortunately the army is maltreating us.
“We want to use the opportunity to let Nigerians know the present situation of our strike. Our members are being frustrated nationwide by the army just because we embarked on a strike.
“We reject what the army has done to our task force in the four places that we have mentioned. We want to assure our members that our strike is ongoing.
“Our president is with DSS now. They invited us over our protest. Up till now, he is not out of the place,” he said.