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The Government of Abia State on Wednesday condemned the attack on cattle traders at the new cattle market and abattoir in Omumauzor village of Ukwa West Local Government Area by yet to be identified gunmen.
The state government made this known in a statement signed by Chief Eze Chikamanyo, Commissioner for Information and Strategy which was obtained by The Eastern Updates.
Chikamnayo said that; ‘On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at about 11.35 p.m., some yet to be identified hoodlums allegedly invaded traders at the new cattle market located in Omumauzor, Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia.
‘We are shocked and saddened by this mindless and barbaric act of violence that claimed the lives of about eight innocent citizens of our great country.
‘We totally condemn this dastardly act together with its wicked perpetrators.’
He disclosed that the state government had deployed various security agents to the scene of the incident to secure the lives and property of the innocent traders and residents.
Chikanmayo said that the state government would not relent in ensuring that the assailants were arrested and brought to book.
He added that a team made up of senior government officials had visited the scene to assess the situation and the state government was working assiduously to provide succour to the families of the victims and added that injured victims were currently receiving medical attention.
He also stated that the state government had commenced an immediate relocation of the cattle traders to a safer location and had started working out compensation for the losses recorded by the traders during the incident.
Chikamnayo prayed to God to grant the families of victims the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
THE EASTERN UPDATES