Abia State Government says it has uncovered plans by a group of
hoodlums to hide under the guise of #EndSARS protest to raze markets
in the state, particularly Aba.
A release by the State Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Hon. Cosmos Ndukwe disclosed that the hoodlums have formed themselves into
large groups of 200 and advancing to target markets, particularly Ariaria International Market Aba, with the purpose of setting them
Government urged members of various Market Management Committees and
security agencies to be on the alert to avert this proposed heinous
Part of release read, “Genuine protesters should not allow hoodlums to
divert their attention. We cannot afford to record more loses, as so far, we have crossed the threshold of crimes against humanity. Markets belong to all and as it stands, they have used the Faulks Road divide to block Samek junction leading into Ariaria Market”.
Ndukwe warned that burning down of markets in the state would greatly
affect the economy of Abia State and urged the hoodlums to retrieve
that “Law enforcement agents have been detailed to act decisively against anyone willfully disobeying the order”.
He said his administration had to do this to avoid losing control of the situation and allow forces outside the state to have reason to unleash death, sorrow and tears on our people.