Okezie Ikpeazu, Governor of Abia State, has ordered the immediate closure of Umuehilegbu Industrial Market popularly called Bakasi Market in Aba the commercial hub of the state.
The directive was contained in a statement signed by Anthony Agbazuere, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, on Monday.
According to the government, the closure was ordered following an attack of men of the Abia State Fire Service and the destruction of its vehicles.
It was learnt that a mob from the market had attacked men of the fire service for allegedly arriving late to put out the fire that razed a section of the market recently.
The governor also stated that Chairman and all members of the Industrial Market Management Committee have been suspended.
The statement read: “Following the unwarranted attack of men of the Abia State Fire Service and the destruction of Abia State Fire Service vehicles, the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Ph.D has approved the immediate closure of Umuehilegbu Industrial Market popularly called Bakasi Market, Aba.
“The Chairman and all members of Umuehilegbu Industrial Market Management Committee are hereby suspended.
“The Police and other security agencies are to safeguard the market and equally arrest all perpetrators of the illicit acts for consequential prosecution.”