Cattle traders begin strike, threaten closure of borders

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By Karen James

 

 

The Cattle and Foodstuff dealers under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) on Thursday, began a nationwide strike following the expiration of a seven-day ultimatum given to the federal government to attend to their demands.

 

The AUFCDN union had demanded payment of N475 billion compensation for lives of members and properties lost during the #EndSARS protest and Shasa market chaos, and dismantling of all road blocks on federal highways due to problems its members were subjected to when carrying out their duties.

According to the Grand Matron of AUFCDN, Hajia Hauwa Kabir Usman who announced commencement of the strike asked the police not to disturb the task force of the union who will carry out enforcement of the strike by ensuring that no food and cattle were moved from North to the South.

However, she further said that as the leader of the union, she already made a strong plan to ensure that all our exits (our borders) between the Northern and Southern part are closed.

“Every truck that will go out has to be checked. If you carry any food or cattle, you cannot take it out except you take it back or be destroyed there. None of the security agents should dare intimate our task force members because if they do, we will fight it legally.”

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