A group of soldiers patrolling terminus and Ahmadu Bello Way areas in Jos yesterday allegedly harassed some newspaper vendors and threw the papers they were selling into the gutter.
Street traders and hawkers in Jos metropolis had in the last few months faced harassment from security agents since the state government through the Jos Metropolitan Development Agency, JMDB, banned street trading.
Auwalu Sani, one of the vendors however said vendors had continued to sell their papers in the area without harassment from the police and members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, despite the ban.
Sani said yesterday’s incident happened a few minutes to 8am after the vendors had received the papers from the sharing centre and were arranging them for sell at the terminus area.
According to the vendor, “When they came they started seizing the papers and threw them away. When I attempted to pick them from the ground, some of the soldiers started beating me while the other vendors ran away.
“They took the remaining papers and threw them into the gutter while I watched.”
‪Our correspondent could not reach the deputy director, Army Public Relations of 3 Armoured Division, Col. Texas Chukwu, who was said to be on official assignment outside the state.‬

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