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Food blockade on Southern Nigeria ends as Northern cattle and foodstuff dealers resume supplies

Faced with lamentations on the effects of the strike on farmers and other pressures, the leadership of Cattle and Foodstuff dealers under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) says it is ending blockade of supplies to Southern Nigeria.

The agreement was reached at a meeting with Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, in Abuja on Wednesday with Abdullahi Tom, a youth leader of the cattle dealers confirming that they have agreed to shelve the strike.

Also attending the meeting is Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation Minister and one of the leaders of the Southwest region.

Last week, the union commenced strike to protest the attack on some of their members during the #EndSARS protests and the recent Shasha market crisis in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.

They had initially given the federal government a seven-day ultimatum to weigh into the situation and look into their demands.

The Union had demanded protection of its members, and payment of N475 billion compensation for lives of members and properties lost during the #EndSARS protest and the Shasa market crisis.

They also demanded the dismantling of all roadblocks on federal highways where their members are harassed and money extorted from them by security operatives.

The strike entailed closing all routes between the North and South for vehicles conveying cattle and food items. Such vehicles were stopped from reaching the Southern region.

But the strike have had devastating effect, with soaring prices of foodstuff and cattle in the South while farmers in the North complained of poor patronage.

For example, farmers and traders at the Gun-Dutse onion market, Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area of Kano State, lamented the effect of the ongoing strike as prices of cows and foodstuff plummeted, with a bag of onion worth N35,000 crashing to N7,000.

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