Market demolition: Police boss warns against hate speech

Market demolition: Police boss warns against hate speech

- The police command in Imo state has warned Nigerians against hate speeches on the recent Ekeukwu market demolition in the state

- Chris Ezike, commissioner of police said the officers would no longer tolerate any hate speech from the indigenous people of the state

- Ezike, however, explained that the presence of police during the demolition was to ensure peace

The Imo state police command has warned members of the public against inciting comments, through the social media or any other means over the recent Ekeukwu market relocation in Imo.

Owerri, Chris Ezike, commissioner of police in the state on Wednesday, August 30, said the police would no longer tolerate any hate speech on the issue, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.

NAIJ.com gathered that Imo government carried out demolition at the Ekeukwu market, Owerri on Saturday and relocated the traders to Egbeada.

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The development generated a lot of comments from some members of the public in the state.The police boss, however, promised that the police would carry out intensive investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to a boy alleged to have died during the exercise.

He debunked the claim in some quarters that government mobilised security personnel to the market against the people, adding that their presence during the demolition was to ensure peace.

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The police commissioner warned that the police would not hesitate to arrest anybody that incited the public against government or made hate speech.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the demolition of the market led to controversies.

A 10-year old boy Somtochukwu Ibeanusi, allegedly died from a bullet fired by soldiers in the course of the demolition.

Watch this NAIJ.com video as traders speak of the market situation of other places:

Source: Naij.com

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