No fewer than two persons have been confirmed dead and scores reportedly injured as Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha direct the demolition of Ekeukwu Owerri Market, today Saturday August 26th, 2017.
The demolition exercise supervised by the Governor's Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) , Hon Kingsley Chima Uju armed with presence of hundreds of combined security men, saw to the death of two persons suspected to have been gunned down by stray bullets.
According to sources, the young boy gunned down had been in the Market to assist his parents in evacuation of their goods amid the demolition exercise. While the second victim, a family man was hit by stray bullet while in his house, an upstair building within the premises.
The Very unfortunate incident was alleged to have been caused by trigger happy Security agents deployed by the Imo state Government for the forceful demolition and relocation of Eke Ukwu Owerri Market.
Meanwhile, Owerri Youths, Market women and elders of Owerri Nchise are protesting over the forceful demolition of their ancestral market. For all effort made including a court order to stop the state government had proved abortive.