– Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has questioning why some individuals were crying more than the family of the 10-year-old boy who was allegedly killed during the Ekeukwu market demolition
– The governor stressed that the removal of that market was the best thing that has happened to Owerri, and asked residents to disregard rumors making the rounds about the incident
– Rochas Okorocha further condemned the act performed by elders at Ukwu Ekwema, where they invoked the spirits of ancestors on the governor because of the deathdeath
Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has spoken about the reaction to the unfortunate incident which transpired during the demolition of the Ekeukwu market, Owerri, questioning why some individuals were crying more than the bereaved, Vanguard reports.
The incident allegedly claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy, Somtochukwu Ibeanusi, leading to outbursts of anger in the state.
In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha stated: “We want to use the opportunity to inform the members of the public to disregard rumours making the rounds with regards to Ekeukwu and whatever it represents.
“Those things are social media rumours and do not represent practical realities.
“The issue of Ekeukwu was taken beyond the scope it represents.
“And I still maintain that the removal of that market was the best thing that has happened to Owerri capital city, and has brought sanity to the city.
“Before now, the headquarter of all criminal activities was the Ekeukwu market and as we progress, we want to live like other cities in the world.”
The governor continued: “It is rather unfortunate that some politicians from Owerri who are on the other side of the divide have politicized the death of the 10-year-old boy and are now crying more than the bereaved.
“And recently, they behaved like educated illiterates by the acts they did at Ukwu Ekwema where they were reported to be calling on their dead forefathers.
“This is unfortunate and must be condemned.”