The Department of State Service (DSS) has invited officials of Cattle and Foodstuff dealers under the aegis of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) for blocking the movement of food items from the North to the South.
Naija News reports that the union had embarked on a nationwide strike over the weekend, thereby blocking foodstuff and cattle from entering the southern part of the country.
The union said it would be sustained till the federal government attends to their demands, which border on payment of N475 billion compensation for lives of members and property lost during the #EndSARS protest and Shasa market crisis.
Speaking at a press briefing at Labour House, Abuja, on Monday, General Secretary of the union, Ahmed Alaramma, the DSS has quizzed the President of the Association, Mohammed Tahir.
He, however, condemned the action of the secret police, warning the service against intimidating members and taskforce of the union.
Alaramma advised the government to avert looming chaos by stopping the intimidation of their members.
Meanwhile, the Middle Belt Forum, MBF, has warned against any form of action that is capable of creating a rift or widening the current aggressiveness in Nigeria.
The MBF in a statement issued by its National President, Dr Pogu Bitrus, described as orchestrated and unpatriotic the wide distribution of the video clip which shows the alleged diversion of the food items.
Bitrus said the blocking of the food items was not only criminal but an attempt to throw the entire nation into chaos.
MBF said as the umbrella organization for all ethnic nationalities in the Middle Belt, it is in total disagreement with such an act.
It noted that the only way for a prosperous nation is to restructure, adding that it would not only broaden the country’s potentials but give ethnic nationalities in the Nigerian Nation a space to develop and fully realise their potentials.
“We are not only stunned by this act which we believe is orchestrated by some unpatriotic elements but also shocked at this despicable action,” MBF noted.
The forum urged the federal government and other relevant security agencies to deal with the perpetrators of the acts in other to discourage retaliation from the southern part.
Source: Naija News