By Victor Graham
The Bayelsa State Government has warned hoodlums extorting money from traders at Swali market to stop or be ready to face the long arm of the law.
The State Commissioner for Trade, Industry and Investment, Hon. Federal Otokito gave the warning when he visited the market on Monday.
The Commissioner said he was at the market to address the various challenges faced by traders, customers and commuters, following reports of the illegal activities of hoodlums.
He said the hoodlums who pretend to be staff of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment, beat up market women and extort money from petty traders.
Otokito added that measures have been put into place to checkmate the activities of the miscreants and vowed that the state government will not spare anyone caught in the act.
The Commissioner directed roadside traders to move inside the market premises and occupy the 610 shops that the government has already provided for petty traders.
He told the traders and the leadership of the market that government will no longer condone illegal trading, as those found wanting will not go unpunished.
The traders thanked the commissioner for the visit and his promise to end the menace of hoodlums in the market, assuring him of their readiness to support policies of the Prosperity Administration, aimed at creating a conductive atmosphere for trading.