Following the attack on fire service officials and the destruction of their truck today by errant traders at the Umuehilegbu Industrial Market, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has approved the immediate closure of the market.
In a press statement signed by the chief of staff to the Governor, Dr A. C. B Agbazuere, and made available to Abia Pulse The News, the closure is with immediate effect.
Read full press statement:
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.
Dr. A.C.B. Agbazuere
Chief of Staff to the Governor.