PDP Condemns Demolition That Claimed Lives In Owerri

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    Main opposition force, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the demolition of Eke Ukwu Market in Owerri by the Rochas Okorocha-led All Progeessives Congress (APC), which led to the death of three persons

    This was expressed in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye.

    “We condemn the Forceful Demolition of the Popular Eke Ukwu Market and violent eviction of traders in Owerri by the Imo State Government using men of the Nigerian Police Force and other security agencies during which three (3) people including a 10 year old child were extra-judicially murdered and several other people were injured.

    “This violent eviction is all the more condemnable because it was carried out in violation of a pending Order granted by an Imo State High Court restraining the Imo State Government from demolishing the Market and Evicting the Traders,” it stated.

    PDP said that this action, sadly, follows a pattern of the use of the apparatus of state security to forcefully and violently carry out evictions of ordinary Nigerians from valuable property in blatant violation of Court Orders.

    “Not very long ago, the Lagos State Government ordered the Forceful Eviction of indigent Nigerians from waterfront properties to enable it enter into joint venture agreements for the Construction of luxury apartments. Like the Owerri incident, this eviction led to the deaths of at least two (2) people and the Injury of several others, including women and children.

    ” As much as we acknowledge the deals of Development and the Construction of critical infrastructure, these ideals must be pursued within the confines of respect for the Rule of Law as well as in a humane manner that preserves the dignity of indigent Nigerians while giving them viable and affordable alternatives regarding where to live, grow and trade,” the former ruling party emphasized

    It further lamented that unfortunately, the APC does not recognise such valuable ideals and as such, continues to design, promote and pursue anti-people policies.

    “We call for the Immediate Investigation of these extra-judicial murders and for the Culprits to be brought to book. Only such an action will give justice to the Dead and discourage the Use of the Police and other security agencies as tools for further oppression of ordinary Nigerians,” it posited

     

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