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Onitsha Electronics Market Leadership Crisis: Court Threaten To Commit Police, DSS, Perm. Sec. Others To Prison

By Polycarp Ifeanyi, Onitsha

As leadership crisis rocking the Electronics Market Onitsha, Anambra State degenerates, the Anambra State High Court sitting in Awka, presided by Justice Ike Ogu has threatened to commit the Inspector-General of police (IG) zone 13 Ukpo, the State Commissioner of Police, the State Director of Department of State Security (DSS), the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Trade Anambra State, Mr. Samuel Chinedu Ike and others to prison.

Justice Ike Ogu, sitting as vacation Court Judge issued Form 48 order, which is notice of consequences of disobedience of order of.Court to the respondents on September 20, 2023

In suit No.O/MISC 272/ 2023 and motion NO. O/ 1340M/2023, the Court in the form 48 ordered the security operatives and representatives of Anambra State Government who among the respondents to stay all actions pending the determination of the substantive motion on notice.

“You will be guilty of contempt of Court and will be liable to be committed to prison” said the Court in the form 48.

Meanwhile, Ifechukwu Anozie one of the senior stakeholders of Electronics Market Onitsha has alleged that in spite of the service of form 48 and injunction restraining the respondents, they went ahead to arrest him, took him to Okpoko Police Station, which they arraigned him at Magistrate Court, Okpoko.

The Magistrate, said Anozie, declined his trial when he was told that the matter was pending at Awka High Court.

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Anozie also alleged that Donatus Obi, the Chairman of three-man Committee, had gone contrary to court order and went ahead collecting money from traders.

He further said that Obi introduced a new levy for vehicles in the Market which he called ASMATA levy ranging from N5,000 for small vehicles and N8, 000 for big vehicles.

He accused Obi of boasting that there is nothing like Court order, alleging that Government officials were behind Obi to defy Court order.

When newsmen  contacted Donatus Obi on his handset to defend the allegations, he said he would not talk on the matter on the phone unless they should come and see him. 

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