Merchants in Imo State, whose outlets and wares had been bulldozed by the federal government, are actually accusing the federal government of suffocating them to loss of life.
The federal government, by the Owerri Capital Improvement Authority (OCDA) demolished the World Financial institution Market in Owerri, Imo State, on the weekend.
The merchants took to the streets of Owerri protesting the demolition and raining abuses on the federal government.
They lamented that the state authorities solely gave them discover to stop on Thursday, including that the demolition of the construction was an insensitive choice by the state authorities.
One of many merchants, who pleaded anonymity, mentioned that what the federal government had performed was to disposes them of their valuables and suffocate them to loss of life.
He mentioned, “I’m wondering how the federal government needs us to feed our households. As I converse to you, outlets and items value thousands and thousands of naira have been misplaced. That is peak of wickedness!”
However the Basic Supervisor of OCDA, Harmless Ikpamezie, in an interview with DAILY POST mentioned that solely shanties had been destroyed by his company.
Ikpamezie defined that he had in Could and November, 2020, gone to the market to tell the merchants of the federal government’s choice to demolish the shanties.
He additional mentioned the company wouldn’t solely cease on the demolition of the shanties however would additionally ensure that all of the merchants use buildings in the principle market.
Hear him, “I personally went to that market in Could and November, 2020, with a public handle system, telling the merchants to vacate as a result of the federal government wished to destroy the shanties. What we destroyed was not the buildings out there however the shanties that had been defacing the market.”