By Temi Joshua
The Department of State Service has invited the leadership of Cattle and Foodstuff dealers under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) over the food blockade of southern Nigeria.
This was disclosed by the General Secretary, AUFCDN, Ahmed Alaramma, at a press briefing at Labour House in Abuja on Monday March 1.
He stated that the President of the Association, Mohammed Tahir is with the DSS.
Alaramma accused military personnel of intimidating members and task force of the union, and also urged the government to avert looming chaos by stopping the intimidation of their members.
“The situation report we are receiving in Zaria Kaduna state, Jabba Niger state, Tala in Taraba state and lokoja in Kogi state is that there are being intimidated by the Nigerian army, they are intimidating our task force
“Our dismay is that we wrote to all the security agencies about our strike but unfortunately the Nigerian army are harassing and maltreating us badly.
“Our members are being frustrated nationwide by the Nigerian army simply because we embarked on a strike despite our contribution to peace, progress, unity and economic growth of the country.
“We reject what the army has done to our task force in all the places mentioned. We want to assure our members that our strike action is ongoing we will not give up until the success of our union is achieved.”