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Owerri leaders list victims of Eke Ukwu demolition

The Owerri Community Assembly (OCA) has listed victims of the Eke Ukwu Owerri market.
In a statement signed by Felix Ngoka, Chairman, OCA and Chinedu Akuchie, who claims of be “Chairman Owerri Municipal Emeritus” narrated events that took place on the day of the demolition of the market, stated that on Saturday 26th August 2017 at about 5am in the morning, the Government of Imo State mobilized military men, Police, Imo Security Network and other Security Operatives, including Armed Militants from Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta L.G.A s and began to demolish Eke-Ukwu Market and other structures along Douglas Road, against a subsisting order of court injunction that restrained the government from carrying out any demolition, particularly at Eke-Ukwu Market.
While the demolition was going on, these militants that came with them were also engaged in looting, extorting, and assaulting innocent citizens. Any attempt by any individual to resist their criminal acts was met with further brutality”, they stated.
According to the statement, the masses revolted and began to throw stones at them and they opened fire at the public, shooting sporadically with life bullets including teargas canisters.
The following listed gun-shot victims are still lying critically at FMC Owerri where they are receiving medical attention.
(1)   Michael Ibeawuchi
No. 7 Ekeonunwa Street, shot at his head and hand.
(2)    Chinedu Ibeawuchi
No. 9 Ekeonunwa Street, shot at his chest and leg.
(3)    Chukwuemeka Samuel
No. 35A Oparanozie Street, shot at the chest
(4)     Sabastine Oparaku
Douglas/Njemanze Street shot at the head
(5)    One Ifeanyi Osuji lying unconscious, shot at the waist
(6)    Somtochukwu Ibeanusi
No. 23 Oguamalam Street, lying dead in the mortuary, shot at the
head
(7)     Leonard Osuji
No. 31 Okorie Street, shot at the laps
(8)   One unidentified, unaccompanied young man shot at the head, lying unconscious and couldn’t disclose his identity.

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