The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has debunked reports online that a stray bullet from security operatives hitone of the traders during the demolition that took place at Ekeukwu Owerri market.
The demolition which some of the traders claimed was without due notice occurred on Saturday.
In a statement by his Chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Governor Okorocha noted that his government had issued a notice to them before embarking on the demolition of the market.
The statement reads:
It has come to our knowledge, the deliberate and Concerted effort being made by some elements who do not love Progress to use the relocation of the Ekeukwu Owerri market, to blackmail the government of the day and perhaps cause undue tension in the State.
These people who have refused or failed to appreciate the good of relocating Ekeukwu market Owerri to a more acceptable area have been dishing out rumours upon rumours including rumours of people being shot dead. These are wicked rumours.
The truth is that the Market is government’s Property and it is the decision of the government to relocate it to a better place and such action could not have led to such incident.
The Security Personnel around the market were there to ensure peace and they played that role professionally.
Unfortunately, those who hate progress have gone out with certain disturbing Claims and have also posted some photographs that have nothing to do with the Owerri issue on the social media just to see if they could discredit the government and the patriotic action taken in the overall interest of the State.
And Nigerians who have been following events in the State would attest that for almost two years the government has been announcing its intention to relocate the Ekeukwu Market to a better place.