Truckloads of cattle and foodstuffs, including tomatoes, pepper, onions and beans, were prevented from entering Kwara State at the Jebba border with Niger State on Thursday.
The Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria has commenced an indefinite strike, following the failure of the government to address the alleged killings of its members in parts of the country.
The union is also stopping its members from moving cattle and foodstuffs to the southern part of the country.
A task force is set up to enforce the directive by the union that there would be no transportation of cattle and foodstuffs to the South with effect from Thursday.
So, the union set up the task force to prevent sabotage.
“In the communiqué we issued, we said the strike would start yesterday (Thursday), and so, we have started the strike.
Now, there is no loading of commodities to the South, but those who attempted to violate the directive were stopped in Niger State.
The union’s President, Muhammad Tahir, had complained during a press briefing last Sunday that foodstuff and cattle dealers had continued to suffer intimidation, humiliation and destruction of their goods.
A video of a long line of trailers stopped by the union had circulated on social media.
The trucks, reportedly conveying agricultural goods are owned by Fulani
The stoppage is connected with the threat of the national body of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria to stop its members from supplying and selling cattle to the South if the alleged eviction of Fulani herdsmen was effected by some governors.