Violent Protest Over Relocation Of Market In Owerri Claims Three Lives

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The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, is currently under pressure to write his resignation letter, following the demolition of the popular Owerri market, Eke-Ukwu Owerri, as the United Labour Congress, ULC, has on Sunday, called on Okorocha to resign immediately.

Recall, that Post-Nigeria had reported that at least three persons, including a 12-year-old child, were killed in the demolition, and millions of naira worth of property and goods were destroyed.

The ULC in a press statement signed by its President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, disclosed that the courts had not yet given approval to the Imo State Government to demolish the popular market, and the case is still pending adjudication.

“We condemn this as barbaric, unconscionable, and out of sync with the dictates of modern societies that thrive on strict adherence to the rule of law and natural justice. This once again, is a national eyesore that leaves a deep gash on our collective conscience as a people and as a country”. the ULC stated.

“We are aghast at the continued militarization of governance processes and the deployment of high-handed and violent methods in attempting to settle disputes arising out of government decisions that the people consider wrong-headed or ill-advised. Any Governor that cannot patiently subject himself to the dictates of the law loses the right to continue in office. He becomes a threat to democracy and democratic practices as he places himself above the law through which he in the first place assumed office.

“ULC does not see any reason, no matter how well thought out, for Rochas to embark on self-help and lawlessness in a matter that is before courts. He has not only shown disdain for the courts, but has also shown deep contempt for the people of the State, and indeed the whole of Nigeria.

“We therefore, are forced to call for the immediate resignation of Rochas Okorocha, on the basis of this perfidy, and the threat he has become, not only to his own people, but also to Nigerians, knowing fully that if he continues contributing to the destruction of our nation, Nigerian workers who we represent will be the first casualties. He has made his continued occupation of that exalted office tenuous and horrendous.

 

 

 

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