Mass Killing Averted In Imo State As Both Pro And Anti-Rochas Groups Clash Over Ekweukwu Market Demolition
What could have turned into a bloodbath was averted yesterday as some groups in Imo state who were in support and against the demolition of the Ekeukwu Market in Owerri, the Imo state capital.
Recall the demolition of the popular market as directed by the governor, Rochas Okorocha which was carried out few days back saw to the death of some persons including a 10 year old boy with several others injured.
The renewed clash of both groups continued yesterday and safe the intervention of security forces, would have led to a bloodbath.
According to Vanguard, an eyewitness narrated ‘’The shooting was so much that my wife had to run back home in the midst of the confusion caused by the shootout."
The state police commissioner who confirmed the incident stated that police officers deployed to the scene tried to calm the tension but the people who feel wounded by the "outrageous and callous" demolition by the state government, were yet afraid of further violence.
His words: ‘’We have put measures in place to stop that from happening. The city is calm now and we’ll ensure it remains so."