“Government is in My Pocket” Tony Obeid Mocks Traders
The Tonitel Tonisco business proprietor, Tony Obeid situated at 2 Lightfoot Boston Street and Siaka Stevens Street has come under intense criticism for the unfortunate slogan he used to tell indigenous traders that “The Government of Sierra Leone is in his tiny pocket”.
Recently, the frustrated business people told this medium that the foreign merchandise, Tony Obeid allegedly bribed a truck of Police officers to evict traders from their business centres where they have been doing their trading activities for close to thirty years.
Business tables adjacent Tonitel Tonisco electrical on Lightfoot Boston Street where demolished by the order of Mr. Obeid who has been described as a wicked man and has no respect for the citizens of this nation because he considers himself as well to do.
What is most disheartening according to the helpless traders, Mr. Obeid is the first tenant to institute such a negative plan to remove them from where they find their daily bread, alleging that Obeid never order business from abroad but depends on black market.
The traders also blamed the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) for not clamping down abandoned vehicles parked by Mr. Obeid and causing unnecessary traffic within the area.
The Police officers led by Sgt. Kabineh, praised by onlookers for their efforts to negotiate with both parties that resulted to normality. However, the citizens further accused Mr. Obeid of clandestinely interfering into the country’s national politics adding that “In fact that is the reason Mr. Obeid is not hesitate to categorically state that the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) is in his hands”.
Contacting the indicted businessman in the full view of Police officers and affected traders to defend allegations imposed on him, he told reporters that he would not allow a snapshot and he was not in the mood to respond to any media interview because he said, “I have been disturbed so much by the battling traders”.
Although the Police officers were able to talk to Mr. Obeid not to pass a fence but to put a guide that would prevent traders and their customers from overstepping into his business place.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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