Abia market on fire as trader is shot dead




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There is chaos at the Umuahia Timber market along Ahiaeke in Abia , according to a by Daily Trust.

Trouble started after refused to pay an annual levy of N18,000 imposed by the Abia Internal Revenue Board.

A resident said the revenue board ordered the who refused to pay the levy to close down their shops.

However, the put up resistance when vigilantes came to the market to effect the order.

The resident said during the faceoff, the vigilantes shot one of the traders identified as ‘Indomie’, who later died while 5 sustained injuries.

The action of the vigilante was said to have provoked the traders who retaliated by burning the section of the market where the office of the local guards is located.

The Abia has reacted to the crisis, condemning the destruction of the Abia Vigilante Services Office and the Timber Market.

In a , Secretary to the , Chris Ezem, asked the police to commence an .

The government directed the and of Abia Vigilante Service to withdraw from the market, while the leadership of the market has been enjoined to assist the police to identify the arsonists.

The read, “The impunity of burning buildings and institutions must stop forthwith, as arson remains a very serious crime against the state and humanity, which attracts severe consequences our laws.

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

(SOURCE: DAILY TRUST)