Monday, September 2, 2019

Trouble in Rivers, as Governor Wike sets Mobile Courts against traders

Beginning from today, traders in Rivers State who engage in trading by road sides are in trouble as Governor Nyesom Wike has set Mobile Courts against the traders.

The Mobile Courts are working with the Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Markets and Motor Parks, which begins work today.

Addressing operatives of the Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Markets and Motor Parks at the Government House Port Harcourt on Sunday, Wike said that the magistrates would be deployed to the various locations on Monday.

He said: “From tomorrow, magistrates will sit at the various locations to prosecute offenders of the law banning street trading.


“Your business is to arrest the offenders in line with the law and take them to the magistrates for trial. Anyone that is guilty will be sanctioned by the magistrates.”

He warned the operatives of the Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Markets and Motor Parks against taking laws into their hands. He stated that the State Government would not tolerate them manhandling any offender.

Wike said that the ultimate goal of the exercise was to ensure that there were no street traders in Port Harcourt and that illegal motor Parks were closed.

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