AFTERMATH OF DEMOLITION OF EKE UKWU OWERRE MARKET-FG DEPLOYS MILITARY HARDWARE TO IMO STATE
By Anthony Opara
In the aftermath of the violence that attended the demolition of the ancestral market of the Owerri people, the capital of Imo state, the federal government over the week deployed military hardware of armoured tanks to the state. Feelers reaching the Difference Newspapers said the Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha informed Aso Rock that the state was the main support base of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu who is on trial for treason but on bail on health grounds. Attempts are being made by the Attorney General to revoke the bail granted to him by Justice Binta Nyako. Political watchers say that the deployment of military hardware to Imo state was vexatious when the theatre of war against Boko Haram is the North East where the terrorist organization is getting the better of Nigerian soldiers. In a recent video released by the group Abubakar Shekau taunted the army and told the Biafran agitators that the army was a paper tiger and they should not be cowed in their agitation. Shekau told the President that Biafra had come to be and his army cannot do much about it.
ROCHAS REACTS TO RUMOUR OF DEATH OF HIS SON
In a press statement issued in Owerri on Wednesday, the Imo state Governor said that contrary to rumours making the rounds that his son had died in America he said the boy was hale and hearty and that rumours of his death was the handiwork of wicked elements in the state. The statement issued by his Press Secretary Sam Onwuemedo, the Governor said it was wickedness for people to wish his son dead when the boy had nothing to do with events in the state especially recent developments of the demolition of the central market on Douglas Road, the Central business district of the state.