The Abia state security agencies discovered not less than 70 decayed human bodies, including 20 headless ones and countless human skeletons, around Lokpanta Cattle Market in Umunneochi local government area of the State.
The State governor, Dr Alex Otti, made this known late Sunday night during a monthly media chat for October tagged; ‘Governor Alex Otti Speaks to Abians’, at the Government House, Umuahia, the state capital.
According to him, security agencies made the discoveries during search operations both within and around the market area following incessant reports of security breaches in the state.
“Kidnapping, armed robbery, prostitution, narcotics trade, and other social vices around the market necessitated the raid as some brothels were recently brought down,” the governor said.
He said as part of moves to change the narrative in the state, his administration has resolved and is determined to transform the market to a daily general one with different sections, including that of livestock
Otti announced that henceforth, the market would operate from 6 am to 6 pm as “we have begun fencing it all in our efforts to ensure adequate security both within and outside.”
The governor states, that amidst the presence of security agencies, security gadgets would be deployed at all strategic locations in the market and beyond in furtherance of the moves.
He noted that even though the decision was initially misunderstood by the leadership of the market, who are mostly northerners, they later accepted the move after a meeting with the state government on the situation.
“We are single-minded about rooting out insecurity in the state. Because we know that no administration can succeed in the face of insecurity, violence, armed and kidnapping,” he added.
Expressing appreciation for the improvement in security in the area since the raid on the black spot, he assured that the achievement would be sustained without who is being affected.