Anambra market crisis : Ex-market security commander debunks being ordered to kill market opposition leader


Anambra market crisis: Ex-market security commander debunks being ordered to kill market opposition leader

By Chikosolu Okafor, Onitsha

A sacked security commander in Ochanja Central market, Onitsha , Anambra State, Mr. Chinenye Udeze, has made u-turn debunking his earlier claim of being ordered by the market chairman, Chief Bonaventure Muo, to shoot dead the market opposition leader, Chief Nwabueze Umeh, alias Ofia fuluego, 

Making the U-turn against his earlier claim he told newsmen that,  "I was not ordered by Chief Muo to shoot dead Chief Umeh, alias Ofia fuluego, rather what happened was that one day in the market, Chief Umeh started rebuking the market chairman without any cause  of provocation from Muo and about four market executive members present who were not happy with the rebuking  of Muo by Umeh said they expected me as security Commander to react against Ofia by assaulting him for rebuking the chairman.

"What you should know is that Ochanja is a gossip market .I even asked my employer, Chief Chinenye Ihenko, alias 'Okpompi,' to remove me from Ochanja market that the gossip was much before I was sacked by the market chairman," he further disclosed.

Recall that the market chairman in his defence told newsmen that the former security commander was relieved of his appointment for aiding and abetting crimes in the market, describing his continuous stay in the market as a security risk.

His words, "Our problem in the market is that the security commander aids and abets crimes in the market. He releases criminals after collecting money from them. I can't open my mouth and say shoot Ofia.

"The commander also allows the opposition to hold child birth day parties in the market and sometimes it lasts up to midnight, with some of them staying with their girl friends that odd hour.

"His other offence is that official time for close of market is 6pm but because he wants to be rich overnight, by 5.30pm he locked the market gates and started collecting fine from traders when it is not yet time to close the market and people were calling me on phone thinking I was the one that directed him to do so.

"He always stays with the opposition and there was a day the governor came to the market. That day he shot someone on the head and we knew how we managed the situation and what it took us financially. Since his sack his boss could not deploy him to another place because he is not capable and competent.

"As it is now my life is in danger and he should be held responsible for anything that happens to me because he still mingles with the opposition," he disclosed further.

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