Disbursement of TraderMoni in Abeokuta was reportedly disrupted on Tuesday by persons presumed to be loyal to Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
Trouble started when some men invaded Lafenwa Market, venue of the disbursement of the TraderMoni, a Federal Government intervention programme for petty traders.
Concise News gathered that the men were led by the Chairman of Abeokuta North-West Local Council Development Area, Monsuru Shorunke.
They were said to have taken away the Iyaloja of the market, Ramotalai Olatunji, but returned her a few minutes later.
According to reports, the handlers of the TraderMoni had arrived at the market and were documenting the traders’ bio-data using their Permanent Voter Cards before the event was disrupted.
Meanwhile, a national daily Punch reported that the Iyaloja was seen giving N500 to each of the traders at the market.
It was gathered that the money was paid as replacement for the TraderMoni fund.
The LCDA chairman, Shorunke, confirmed that he led some “boys to Lafenwa on the order of Governor Ibikunle Amosun.”
He said he went there when news filtered in that some politicians “were giving the traders money in exchange for their PVCs.”
He said, “I was in front of the governor when we heard that some people came to Lafenwa Market, collecting PVCs from the traders in exchange for money.
“The governor said we should go and find out what was happening.
“We took the Iyaloja to the governor’s house along with the Babaloja of Lafenwa.
“We believe that it was wrong for them to collect people’s PVCs before election day. That was what they came to do at Lafenwa and it is wrong.”