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February 28, 2021
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Governor Parkop Threatened over Betelnut Ban

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Today marks the end of the 7 days grace period for Betelnut vendors in NCD. Vendors who failed to adhere to the orders faced the force of police.

There was destruction of Lareva market and closure of betelnut outlets.

Police chased and destroyed make-shift markets set up by vendors’ yesterday afternoon leaving everything to ashes.

 

This has sparked anger resulting in threats to NCD Governor Powes Parkop and his family by vendors and suppliers of Betelnut.

 
 

The total betelnut ban has come into effect as of yesterday with police on patrol in all suburbs and markets inside NCD.

 

Lareva market was in ashes this morning when EMTV arrived on the scene.

 

Police officers were present awaiting a backhoe to bring everything to ground level.

 

However the destruction has angered vendors who have been selling betelnut for the past 10 to 15 years in the city.

 

Ambrose Mike says vendors who earn income through betelnut sale to pay for their childrens school fees will suffer.

 

Mr Mike says, law and order problems will escalate if nothing is put forward by the NCD Administration or City Management.

 

Lareva market billboard with Governor Powes Parkop’s image was burnt down by vendors signalling their anger for the betelnut ban.

 

Meanwhile NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Operation N’dranou Perou said, police will assist in all efforts to implement the ban.

 

Mr Perou says, the force will seriously deal with those who opposed city regulations and the threats to NCD Governor Powes Parkop and his family.

 

Governor Parkop could not be reached today however has condemned all threats and says is adamant that the ban stays on.

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