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Breaking:Abia market set ablaze, one shot dead, five injured

Abia market set ablaze, one shot dead, five injured


A section of the Umuahia Timber Market along Ahiaeke Road in Abia State has been set aflame by angry traders.

This was after vigilantes tried to enforce the payment of N18,000 annual levy imposed by the Abia State tax income Board, punch reported.

The vigilantes who had tried to shut the shops of those who did not pay the levy were resisted by the traders who angrily set aflame the office of the local guards within the market.

This was after one of the traders identified as Indomie was shot dead and five others injured.

Vehicles were also torched during the confusion that ensued at the market.

Reacting, the Secretary to the government , Chris Ezem, condemned the incident and ordered for it to be investigated.

He said during a statement, “The impunity of burning buildings and other public institutions must stop forthwith, as arson remains a really serious crime against the state and humanity, which attracts severe consequences under our laws.

“Government will promptly discipline any Abia Vigilante Service personnel who harasses or intimidates citizens.”


Punch

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