Igbo traders and businessmen in Kano State, yesterday staged a peaceful protest to express their displeasure over the cold-blooded murder of their colleagues and relatives in the state in recent times.
The victims included Mr. Tochukwu Augustine Ilo who was killed by the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad about week ago and Mrs. Bridget Agbaheme, who was hacked to death in June by an angry mob for alleged blasphemy.
The protest, which held amid tight security by the police and other security agencies, commenced with the closure of thousands of shops owned by Igbo traders in the different markets in the metropolis as early as 6 am.
Markets shut down were the Abubakar Rimi Market, the Iron and Steel Market in Kofar Ruwa, Kofar Wambai Market and shops and small businesses that line the streets of Sabon-Garri metro area.
The traders and businessmen, which were over 5,000 in number converged at the Rumfa Primary School, Enugu Road, Sabon Garri, Kano.
Chairman of the Sabon-Garri Market Igbo Traders Association, who addressed the press, condemned the brutal murder of their member, saying ‘he was a good man killed in bad taste’.
Eze Ndigbo Kano, Chief Boniface Ibekwe disclosed the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi 11 had waded into the issue, assuring the traders of the determination of the monarch to ensure that justice was done.
It would be recalled that 74-year-old, Mrs. Bridget Agbaheme, was brutally murdered in June, by an angry mob, for allege blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed.
According to reports, the woman, who sold plastic wares, was brutally murdered, after being accused of blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed after an argument that ensued between her and some boys in the market.