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Farmers Stop Supply Of Onions To South, Demand N4.2bn Compensation

Ebuka Daniel

The Association of Onions Producers, Processors and Marketers of Nigeria has threatened to extend its onion supply cut to both the South West and the South- South region.

The decision to cut supplies of the produce comes few weeks after the association banned  members from supplying to the Eastern Nigeria over attacks and non compensation of members by the Federal Government.

OPMAN’s National President, Aliyu Isa said, “We are shutting down the supply of onions to the entire South by Monday, June 7, 2021.

“There will be no truck that will off-load onions by 12 mid-night of Friday 11th June, 2021.”

Nigerian youths had last October embarked on a protest dubbed #EndSARS which led to loss of properties valued in billions.

OPMAN’s National President said in a chat with newsmen that the association lost goods worth N4.5bn to attacks.

Isa said recent attacks on the union members were in Aba, Abia State; Shasa in Oyo State and Mbaise local government area of Imo State.

The President said, “In Aba, three members destroyed about 30 trailers and nine utility cars, 50 stores and 10,000 bags of onions including other valuables.

“During the last #EndSARS protests, other people were compensated for leaving out our members. And In Shaha where we lost 27 lives, 5 trailers, 5,600 bags of Onions, 12 utility cars and other valuables.

“Also, in February, this year, in Imo State, two trucks of Onions were lost worth about N13, 000,000. The above problems resulted in our earlier action to suspend the supply of foodstuffs to the Southern states in February through our parent union.

“After full deliberation by the executive of members of this association and the failure of the government to respond to our cry, we have thereby reached these decisions.

“We are calling on the state and federal government to restore law and order in the state. We also called on the good people of the Southern part of Nigeria to live with the Hausa community in peace, as we are only there for our lawful businesses.

“We also called on the state government to collaborate with the federal government to set up a committee to investigate the incident that leads to the loss of lives and properties of our members.”

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