Kidnapping: Igbo Business Owners Threaten To Close Shops In Cross River


By Bassey Inyang in Calabar

Seriously worried about the kidnap of their members, the Igbo community in Cross River State, comprising traders and those engaged in other forms of businesses  have decided  to close their shop and suspended their services for two days to protest the rampant kidnap of Igbos doing business in the state.

Operating under the aegis of Igbo Unity Forum (IUF), they are complaining that at least 35 business men of Igbo extraction have been kidnapped by gunmen over the last one year, and they have been forced to cough out hundreds of millions of naira to pay as ransom for them to regain their freedom.

At a press briefing on Sunday in Calabar where they lamented over their plight in the hands of the kidnappers who have made their lives and business environment most uncomfortable, the coordinator of IUF, Mazi Okechukwu Ebubedike, said a date for all Igbo business men and women to close shops throughout Calabar metropolis and its environs to protest the incessant kidnap of their members would soon be announced.

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