Owerri Market Demolition – Five Wounded As Clash Continues


At least five persons were stabbed on Wednesday, in a fracas that ensued over the demolition of the Owerri main market by the state government.

THEWILL recalls that the government had demolished the market in the wee hours of Saturday following repeated notices of relocation issued to the traders who failed to heed the notices.

The action by the government led to a protest by the traders on Saturday which led to the death of a 10 year-old-boy and caused panic in the state capital, causing people, including motorists, to run for their lives.

However, hostilities resumed on Wednesday due to a clash between the youths who were in support of the market demolition and those against it which degenerated into a free for all.

The warring groups were said to have used knives and other weapons of destruction against one another as the clash extended to Wethereal road, Control Post roundabout, and some parts of Port Harcourt road in the state capital.

It took the efforts of the operatives of the state police command, led by the Commissioner of Police himself, Chris Ezike, for normalcy to return.

Ezike confirmed that five persons were wounded during the clash saying that he had to reinforce and deploy more men for safety to return to the state capital.

He however, insisted that the state was safe and ready for the Eid-el-Kabir celebration



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