www.odogwublog.com reports that the motorcycle section of the ever bubbling Nnewi main market was yesterday shut down in protest of the proposed ban and restriction of commercial motorcycle activities in certain parts of Anambra state.
The traders in the section of the market had earlier opened their shops for business only to be told to close up while some task force members went round the market to ensure compliance.

The zonal leaders of the various section of the market later delegated five members each to take their protest to Awka Government House to plead with the governor, Chief Willie Obiano to rescind the decision on banning Okada in the state.

Many of the customers who came for early morning business in the market from far and near got stranded as the traders stood their ground that the market would remain shut until their leaders return with good news from the governor.

The chairman of Fairly Used Motorcycle Dealers Association(FUMDA) Mr Eloka Ubajekwe while speaking with journalists before departing for Awka expressed optimism that the state governor would look into the issue and have a change of mind.

He said the ban on Okada in certain parts of the state would be an evil wind that will not blow anyone any good noting that rather than enhancing security in Anambra state, the ban would rather lead to more security challenges.

Other traders who spoke on the grounds of anonymity wondered why the governor who patronized commercial motorcyclists during his reelection campaign by giving them helmets and other items would suddenly turn around and come up with a policy banning their activities.

Meanwhile, security was yesterday beefed up in the industrial town of Nnewi as policemen were seen positioned at strategic locations in anticipation of possible breach of peace occasioned by the closure of the market.