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Northern Youths Fumes Over Abia Cattle Market Killings

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The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), has issued the perpetrators of the incessant attacks and killings of Northerners’ in the the south East a ‘last warning on, saying it will no longer fold its hands and watch its people killed and their businesses destroyed.

The AYCF was reacting to Tuesday’s attack by gunmen at the Abia Cattle Market where eight Northern traders and an unspecified number of cows were killed, while many others sustained injuries.

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While condemning the attack at a press conference in Kaduna on Wednesday, the AYCF National President, Yerima Shettima, said the group was ‘seriously saddened and deeply concerned about the murder of Northerners resident in Abia, who are doing legitimate business.’

In a communique at the end of the press conference, Shettima said:

We are also deeply touched by the report of killings of Northern traders, with scores of others sustaining various degrees of injuries following the senseless attack at the Abia Cattle Market on Tuesday.

The Eastern Updates had earlier reported that the Government of Abia State has 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.


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