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Published On: Sun, Feb 23rd, 2014

Trader accuses Onyeka Onwenu of harassment over shop space

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By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

An Abuja based trader, Mrs. Olajoke Adesipe, has accused the executive director of National Center for Women Development (NCWD), Madam Onyeka Onwenu, of harassment.

Mrs. Adesipe claimed that the NCWD director, had ordered a Civil Defence officer attached to her and some private security guards to molest her over a shop where she has been using to sell her goods.

The trader in a petition issued at the weekend, alleged that Onwenu ordered and personally supervised security agents to molest her over a shop she is still a legal occupant, the external cornel B of Africa Peace Mission hall, at the women center until December, 2014, the same building she claimed Onwenu has interest.

“Because earlier I was under constant pressure by Onwenu, for me to vacate the shop for her, I went with a vehicle and my workers to move my goods to a shop upstairs of Oyibo Odinamadu shopping complex that was found to be a deceptive offer because it was a verbal promise.

“So, I demanded for a written allocation letter which was not issued till now. In the process of waiting for allocation letter, I heard that Lady Onyeka Onwenu in the company of her security personnel forced opened my shop. I ran there and saw her supervising the business I started with hard-earned money when I was a Youth Corps member. I took my mobile phone to snap pictures of my goods and perpetrators of the dastardly act.

“When I left the shop, she ordered her security men and Civil Defence personal to beat me up. The officers descended on me, beat me and dragged me on the floor. In the process of the beating, they tore my cloth and bag. My jewelries were damaged while some were missing, including my Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

When contacted on phone, spokesperson of the Women center, Mrs. Thomas, denied the allegation of molestation, saying such did not take place.

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