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Abia fumes over burning of Umuahia market in protest of trader’s death

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The Abia State authorities has condemned the destruction of Abia Vigilante Providers Workplace and the Umuahia Timber Market.

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Secretary to the State Authorities, Chris Ezem, in an announcement urged the police to start investigation on the matter.

The official additionally directed the officers and males of the vigilante to withdraw from the world.

The state authorities advised the management of the market to help the police determine the arsonists.

“The impunity of burning buildings and different public establishments should cease forthwith.”

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Ezem burdened that arson stays a severe crime in opposition to humanity and attracts extreme penalties beneath the legal guidelines.

“Authorities will promptly self-discipline any Abia Vigilante Service personnel who harasses or intimidates residents”, the SSG mentioned.

Merchants set the market, alongside Ahiaeke street, ablaze on Tuesday.

They went on rampage after refusing to pay an annual levy of N18,000 imposed by the Abia State Inside Income Board.

The board had ordered the merchants who refused to pay the levy to shut their retailers. However the house owners resisted after vigilantes arrived to impact the order.

The folks stood their floor and because the matter obtained tensed, the vigilantes shot one among them.

The sufferer recognized as ‘Indomie’ died. Half a dozen others sustained various levels of accidents.

The merchants burned the part of the market that accommodates the guards in addition to autos.

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