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Ban on Street Trading Triggers Violent Protest in Jos

Unrest gripped Bukuru in Jos South County in Plateau State, as residents erupted in violent protests on Monday against a recent ban on street trading. The demonstrations turned chaotic, with reports of clashes between protesters and law enforcement officials.

The local government implemented the ban in an attempt to decongest overcrowded streets and improve urban planning. The government had designated markets for traders to relocate to, but many traders had refused to move, citing high rents and other challenges.

The government’s decision sparked outrage among traders who rely on street sales for their livelihoods. Many view the ban as an attack on their ability to make a living.

Videos circulating on social media show large crowds chanting and marching through the streets of Bukuru. Some protesters reportedly resorted to throwing objects and burning tyres, leading to intervention by security forces.

According to reports, the protest began peacefully but turned violent when the task force attempted to disperse the crowd. The protesters, mostly young men, threw stones and set fire to vehicles, causing chaos and destruction in the area.

Governor Caleb Mutfwang has condemned the violence, calling on security agencies to apprehend those responsible and restore calm to the area. The Governor also sympathized with members of the public whose vehicles and other property were vandalized.

—Ezinwanne Onwuka reports for TruthNigeria from Abuja.

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