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Market Invasion: Abia govt expresses sympathy to the victims and urges the traders to relocate immediately

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About 20 gunmen have invaded the newly relocated abattoir market located in Omumauzor community in the Ukwa West Local Government Area of the State, killing many people.

The incident, which is said to have lasted for over an hour according to a source from the community, said that over seven (7) people were reportedly killed while over seventy (70) cows were slaughtered and other properties at the market destroyed, read (here)

Reacting, in a statement by Eze Chikamnayo, states Commissioner for Information and Strategy, On Tuesday, 15th February, 2022 at about 11:35pm, some yet to be identified hoodlums allegedly invaded traders at the New Cattle Market located in Omumauzor, Ukwa West Local Government Area of our Dear State.

Government responded swiftly by mobilising the various Security Agencies to the scene that night to secure the lives and properties of the innocent traders and fish out the assaliants.

This was followed this morning by a high powered team made up of the Chief of Staff, Prof ACB Agbazuere, Hon Commisioner for Trade and Investment, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, Honorable Commissioner for Homeland Security, Chief Sopuruchi Bekee, Executive Chairman of Ukwa West LGA, Chief Okey Kanu in company of the State Commisioner of Police, CP Janet Agbede.

We are shocked and saddened by this mindless and barbaric act of violence that claimed the lives of about 8 innocent citizens of our great country and we totally condemn this dastardly act together with it's wicked perpetrators.

We are working assiduously to provide succour to the families of the victims. Those who sustained injuries are currently receiving medical attention.


We have equally started the immediate relocation of the traders while working out compensation for lost properties. We shall leave no stone unturned to ensure that the evil perpetrators are brought to justice.

While waiting for the outcome of ongoing investigations by our diligent Security Forces, the Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu together with all Abians pray for God to grant the families of victims the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

We urge all Citizens of our great Country in Abia State to remain law abiding and promptly report any suspicious movements to the appropriate authorities.






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