Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has ordered the immediate closure of Umuehilegbu Industrial Market popularly called Bakasi Market, Aba, following a mob attack on Abia State Fire Service and the destruction of Abia State Fire Service vehicles on Monday.
It happened that the men of the state fire service failed to respond on time to control a fire incident in the market. This made a group of angry mob attack the Fire Service vehicles on sighting the vehicles.
A statement signed by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. A.C.B Agbazuere on the shut down of the market reads:
“GOVERNMENT SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Following the unwarranted attack of men of the Abia State Fire Service and the destruction of Abia State Fire Service vehicles, the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Ph.D has approved the immediate closure of Umuehilegbu Industrial Market popularly called Bakasi Market, Aba.
The Chairman and all members of Umuehilegbu Industrial Market Management Committee are hereby suspended.
The Police and other security agencies are to safeguard the market and equally arrest all perpetrators of the illicit acts for consequential prosecution.”
Some of those who attacked the vehicle have been arrested by the police.
See video of the attack below.
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