Unknown gunmen attacked Nwakpu market, one of the most popular markets in Ndufu Alike Ikwo, the hometown of Martin Elechi, the former governor of Ebonyi State, on Wednesday and set fire to vehicles and motorcycles.
According to the DAILY POST, unknown gunmen invaded the Nwakpu Market to enforce Simon Ekpa’s sit-at-home order.
According to reports, the unknown gunmen have continued to enforce the Sit-at-home order in the area, despite Governor David Umahi’s warnings.
According to an eyewitness who spoke to DAILY POST anonymously, the gunmen stormed the market just as traders and shop owners from the surrounding villages opened their stalls for business.
Remember that the said Nwakpu market is right in front of the residence of Ebonyi State Deputy Governor, Eric Kelechi Igwe.
According to the source, the gunmen entered the market and ordered traders and shop owners to leave and observe the sit-in.
He also revealed that after dispatching the traders and shop owners, the gunmen set fire to a vehicle, and while the owner, whose name has yet to be revealed, attempted to put out the fire, they (gunmen) shot him in the head and legs.
Similarly, economic activity and other businesses were temporarily halted in Abakaliki’s capital city, as fuel stations, banks, and event centers were closed to comply with Simeon Ekpa’s sit-at-home order.
Confirming the incident, Friday Nnanna Ujor, Commander of Ebubeagu security outfit, said the attackers are not members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, but rather hoodlums who invaded the Nwakpu market to rob traders of their belongings.
“What happened was that some boys invaded the Nwakpu market to rob traders,” he explained. They are not IPOB members. This is because the gunmen entered the market with locally manufactured pistols.
“Ebubeagu is on ground to arrest those boys because we know the clothes they (gunmen) are wearing and so, we are after them.
“We’re on the right track. We’re using our touch light to apprehend them. “We will apprehend them from now until tomorrow,” he said.
When contacted for comment, Aliyu Garba, the Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi State, stated that he was in transit and could not respond.