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Contradicting media reports, Mr Ferdinand Ekeoma, the Special Adviser to Governor Alex Otti on Media and Publicity, clarified that the governor did not give a two-week ultimatum to Northerners at Lokpanta Regional Cattle market.
Ekeoma rebuffed the report, labelling it a deliberate falsehood and an element of a larger scheme by mischief makers to discredit the governor.
In discussions with journalists in Umuahia, the Special Adviser outlined that the governor’s instruction was to prohibit habitation in the bush, suggesting that individuals currently situated there should move to the market, which could accommodate them adequately.
He highlighted that the directive to relocate individuals from the bush to the market was a pivotal part of the efforts aimed at addressing the pervasive insecurity in the locality.
Ekeoma asserted that those seeking to misrepresent the governor’s explicit directive were playing tricks and should not be given any attention.
He stated that the cattle market has sufficient capacity to house legitimate cattle vendors, proposing that it be designated as a day market.
He cautioned instigators against stirring needless tension between Northerners and Easterners, using the governor’s genuine statement as a pretext.