Over 5000 traders at the Ikoku Spare parts market in the Mile 3 axis of Port Harcourt have been given an impromptu eviction notice of three weeks by their landowners.
The landlords did not offer any reason for their action.
Chairman of the market, Anthony Alaribole in an interview with newsmen said many of the traders are yearly tenants who have been operating in Ikoku for about 30-50 years. He said they have been thrown into confusion because of the short notice.
He also alleged that the eviction notice is a strategy to destabilize the traders because of the matter they have with the police and the state government due to their demand of justice for the late Chima Ikwunado and the Ikoku4.
Some traders appealed to the landlords to give them more time to plan their next move as no other location has been provided for them.
They also appealed to the state government to intervene and provide an alternative for them considering the important service they render to the society.