Officials of the Nsukka Local Government Council in Enugu State have demolished shops and seized caskets in a bid to force traders to relocate to a new market.
The action was carried out by the council officials late on Wednesday.
At least 48 caskets belonging to traders at Aku Road, behind Bishop Shanahan Hospital were seized by the council officials with 10 shops also demolished.
The traders have been having a running battle with the council officials, who want the traders to relocate to a place, called Nsukka Timber Shed.
Speaking with reporters on the development in Nsukka on Thursday, Benson Asogwa, Chairman of the Nsukka Association of Casket Dealers, said that officials of the local government council raided shops and seized goods in a bid to force out traders.
But reacting to the development, the Chairman of the council, Patrick Omeje, said the council had given the casket makers quit notice since January this year, to relocate to the Nsukka Timber Shed Market.
Omeje explained that the council had followed up with several letters and held series of meetings with the traders for them to see reason to relocate but that all the effort yielded no positive result. (NAN)