Uwa condemns Abia cattle market killings


“There is no justification whatsoever for such a dastardly act. I commiserate with the families of the people who were going about their lawful businesses and were killed in a cold-blooded and unjustified manner.



Abia state gubernatorial aspirant and legal practitioner Etigwe Uwa (SAN) has condemned the killings at a cattle market in Omuma-Uzo in Ukwa West Local Government Area of the state.

The Nation reports gunmen on during the week, invaded the cow market, killing eight persons and a number of cows.

Abia State Governor Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu had ordered an immediate investigation into the invasion.

Reacting, Uwa, in a statement said: “I unequivocally condemn the killing at the cattle market in Abia. There is no justification whatsoever for taking human life, and these kinds of actions amount to an assault on law and order in the rule of law, and society can only be the worst for it.

“There is no justification whatsoever for such a dastardly act. I commiserate with the families of the people who were going about their lawful businesses and were killed in a cold-blooded and unjustified manner.

“I call on whoever is responsible for this action to immediately desist. This is also a moment in which the government of Abia state must get alive to its responsibilities of maintaining law and order and ensuring peace and security not just of Abians, but of everybody in Abia State.

The problems that we’re witnessing today result from years of failure of leadership. It is that failure of leadership that has led to the situation. There are all kinds of social problems, some of which result from lack of employment, lack of education, lack of access to the amenities of life. If people have a good life, they will not resort to criminality.

“If people have a good life, they will not take the laws into their hands. At the root of some of these issues is the failure of leadership. I understand the issues around people who feel aggrieved about what they may perceive as marginalization; I would say that there are better ways of channelling those grievances than taking the lives of innocent people who have done nothing wrong to the people who perpetrate these acts.”