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Uzodimma Calls For Inquiry Into Imo Demolition Deaths

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BY  MUyiwa oyinlola, Abuja

The senator representing  Imo West  in the National Assembly, Hope Uzodimma has strongly condemned  the tragic death of three lmo indigenes, including a 10- year-old boy, who were killed Saturday by Imo state backed security forces.

The unfortunate incident occurred when the security forces forcefully demolished the popular Ekeukwu  market in Owerri, the state capital. He has therefore called for an independent inquiry into the incident in order to ensure that justice is served.

According to eyewitness accounts, the three lmolites were brought to their untimely death in the course of the forceful demolition of the market by a detachment of military, police and civil defence corps.The excercise was said to have begun as early as 6:00 am on Saturday to the shocking disbelief of Owerri indigenes and traders who have continually opposed the demolition.

The 10-year-old boy was said to have been trying to help the mother evacuate some of her goods from the market when a bullet hit him and he died in the process.

Uzodimma in a statement in Owerri Saturday described the action of the state government as draconian, undemocratic and anti-people.

He said that it was inconceivable that a democratically elected government can ever resort to the use of heavy force to accomplish a mission that is strongly opposed by the people who elected it.

The senator argued that no matter how well intentioned the action of an elected government can be, it must first submit it to the sovereign will of the people from whom it derives its legitimacy and should never resort to the use of force to accomplish it.

“It’s indeed sad that in the course of this forceful demolition of the popular Ekeukwu market in Owerri, three people were brought to their untimely death in the hands of Imo state backed security forces. I condemn in very strong terms this action which is undemocratic, anti-people and draconian. Nothing can justify the use of force by a government elected by the people against the same people who elected it in the first place “, it stated.

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