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Police Avert Protest Over Relocation Of Owerri Market

Posted: Jul 18, 2016 at 3:06 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, Commissioner of Police, Imo State Police Command, Monday, averted what could have resulted in a violent protest in Owerri by the Oha/Owerri Elders over government’s plan to relocate the Ekeukwu Owerri market to Egbeada in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state.

Oha/Owerri Elders had summoned an emergency meeting of both the youths and women in their town hall to carry out a protest to stop the government from its proposed relocation of Ekeukwu Owerri market.

However, Lakanu, who nipped the plan in the bud, said that if the protest were not averted, it would have caused serious breach of peace in the entire Owerri capital city.

“We got information of a meeting where the Oha/Owerri elders are planning to carry out a protest against government. We quickly rushed to the venue of the place and appealed to the elders on the need to shelve the protest and embrace dialogue,” he said.

He said that after appealing to the youths and elders, they decided to drop the planed protest.

Governor Rochas Okorocha had announced plans to relocate Ekeukwu Owerri Market, which is situated at Douglas road in Owerri capital.

In another development, Mr. Lakanu, the Commissioner of Police, has warned politicians holding secret meetings with hoodlums ahead of the re-run election in Imo State on Saturday.

“We have heard of all the secret meetings which politicians have been holding with hoodlums ahead of the election and police are ready to deal with such people,” he said.

He warned that police would do everything possible to maintain peace during and after the election, adding that anybody caught would be made to face the law.