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The Abia State Chapter of Mayetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN, today, led a peaceful protest to the Abia state house of Assembly complex, to demonstrate their rejection of the newly imposed chairman, Yakubu Aliyu.
While speaking to FactNews correspondent, the spokesman of the Association, who is a former special assistant to the Governor on cattle matters, Alhaji Mohammed Umaru, said the emergence of Yakubu Ali has disrupted the peaceful state of the cattle market in Lokpanta.
He said: “On the 15th of September, somebody came from Bauchi called Yakubu Aliyu. He said he was assigned to be the chairman of the cattle market and to collect the revenue for the cattle market at Umuchieze, lokpanta in Umunneochi LGA.
“The government agent popularly known as Ukpai informed us that it is the Governor who wants Yakubu to be there. Our members are leaving the market for Okigwe because they cannot stand the level of intimidation being experienced at the market by Yakubu Aliyu and his thugs.
“We came here because we cannot fold our arms and watch things go wrong. We decided to come to the State house of Assembly because that’s where our tears will be wiped away. Majority of us were born here, we married here, we don’t have any home. They cannot bring somebody from Bauchi to come and chair the market.
He further alleged that Yakubu is not a registered member of the association in the sate.
“Yakubu is not a registered member of our association in Abia state. He came from Bauchi, we don’t want him. We are not stopping the government from collecting their revenue, we’ve been paying revenue. We just don’t like such imposition on us. An outsider can not come and disrupt the peace we have enjoined in the market.”
The information officer of the State house of Assembly, Mr. Henry Madubuike, who spoke to the group, commended them on the peaceful manner at which they organized the protest. He assured them that the information will be transmitted to the speaker. and necessary actions will be taken
“Be rest assured that this information will be transmitted to the speaker and necessary actions will be taken.Your presence in Abia state is to our benefit, you are part and parcel of us and you cannot be taken for granted. Your complaint will not be swept under the carpet”.
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