Banex Plaza Closure: ACCI urges restraint, seeks reopening

“Reopening of the plaza will help put food on people’s tables for their families and also boost the economic activities of the country,”

Banex plaza closure: acci urges restraint, seeks reopeningThe Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has urged the Nigerian Army to exercise restraint and reopen the popular Banex Plaza business arena in Wuse 2, Abuja.

The ACCI President, Mr Emeka Obegolu said this in a statement by his Media/Strategy Officer, Olayemi John-Mensah, saying the plaza was shut down on Saturday, May 18.

Obegolu said the closure followed a reported incident between some military officers and traders, which resulted in a confrontation and subsequent attacks on the officers by irate youths.

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The ACCI condemned the actions of the traders who attacked the military personnel and expressed concern over the legality of the army’s decision to shut down the entire business complex.

“If the Army can be attacked, it means the ordinary civilian is not safe anymore.

“We urge that the perpetrators of this dastardly act be apprehended and punished for their actions.

“And I plead with the Nigerian Army to ‘temper justice with mercy’ and expedite the reopening of the Banex Plaza, which is a hub of business activities in the Federal Capital Territory,” he said.

Obegolu emphasised the significant economic impact of the plaza’s closure, stating that it resulted in substantial losses for businesses and hampered the overall economic development of the region.

“Apprehending the hoodlums will help resolve the issue and serve as a deterrent to others who may have an irrational attitude in tackling civic issues.

“Reopening of the plaza will help put food on people’s tables for their families and also boost the economic activities of the country,” Obegolu said.

The ACCI president then expressed the commitment of the council to work with relevant authorities to find a mutually acceptable solution.

“A solution that ensures the safety of all stakeholders while also protecting the economic interests of the local business community,” Obegolu said.