Why Police, NCC Officials Were Almost Lynched By Angry Traders In Abia

Some police officers attached to the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) on Friday, miraculously escaped being lynched at the Ariaria International Market, Aba, Abia State, while carrying out its anti-piracy war.

According to ThisDay, the agency and the police officers went to the popular market to carryout a raid against piracy, adding that they had already seized several pirated books worth millions of naira, when the angry traders reacted against the NCC enforcement officers.

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It said the traders pelted the NCC enforcement officers with stones, sticks and any other objects they could lay their hands on before the team and the journalists that accompanied them to cover the operation narrowly escaped being lynched.

The irate traders, however, succeeded in smashing the windscreens of one of the buses used in the operation with registration number Abia UMA 712 XA.

It said the trouble started when the federal task force enforcement team led by Charles Amudipe and a team of mobile policemen entered the book section of A Line of the market and arrested the owner of a bookshop alleged to be deeply involved in selling and distribution of pirated books, adding that as the NCC officers were packing the confiscated books, young men, who were mostly apprentice traders, gathered round and started making comments against the action of the NCC team. It the traders initially started throwing sachet water at the officers before they later started throwing stones and other dangerous weapons while some physically attacked an officer, hitting him hard on the hand to drop the handcuffs he was holding.Continue reading

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