Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has made good his promise to relocate the Eke Ukwu Owerri market to another location. This follows the commencement of demolition of the market which has put owners of shops in the market into confusion.
It was gathered that a 48-hour ultimatum was given yesterday to traders in the market to remove their wares and relocate or have them demolished with the market.
Early this morning scores of security personal accompanied bulldozers and began demolition of parts of the market while some traders were also allowed to get inside the market and remove their wares.
This move seems to be raising tension in Owerri especially among indigenes and owners of shops in the market.
A Facebook User posted this message online:
We may avert another Otokoto in Imo!!!
Owerri Nchise Youths are tonight spotted keeping Night Vigil at Ekeukwu Owerri Market to forestall it’s invasion and demolition by the Okorocha led Imo State Government tomorrow inline with the 48hours order and deadline by the government.
If information made available to Ifeanyicy.com is anything to go bye, the action of the state Government, if not carefully put to check, will kick start undesirable consequences, we pray these threats upon threats from Owerri youths tonight don’t result to another revolution in Owerri like witnessed during Otokoto Era.
A vigil was held by the youth of Owerri in the market last night, praying and hoping that the demolition would not commence, but they wee wrong. Eke Ukwu Owerri market is at the verge of disappearance.
It was reported that the governor instructed the traders to relocate to the new site of the market at Ohii, but the traders said the place was not ready yet.