By Ikechukwu Iweajunwa
Gov. Rochas Okorocha says the state government will name Douglas Road after 10-year-old Somtochukwu Ibeanusi who died on Aug. 26 during Eke Ukwu Market demolition and relocation.
Okorocha said that any other building to be erected on the site of the demolished market would also be named after the deceased.
The governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, announced this in a statement in Owerri on Thursday.
“Not minding how and where the 10-year-old boy, late Somtochukwu Ibeanusi died on the day the Eke Ukwu Market was demolished and relocated, I will honour him by naming Douglas Road after his name.
“I have liberated Owerri indigenes from a wicked clique made up of few families in the area who have held the people captive for many years.”
The governor said that the boy’s death was still confusing as he died in Mbaise Road while the demolition took place in Douglas Road.
He said that irrespective of the circumstances of the child’s demise, the present government would still give the deceased his due respect by immortalising him.
Okorocha said that the immortalisation was necessary since Ibeanusi died the same day Owerri residents were liberated.
The state government on Aug. 26 began the demolition of Eke Ukwu Market in the state capital.
The governor and the traders at the market have been at loggerheads after he announced his administration’s plans to demolish the market due to the volume of activities on the Douglas Road where the 10-year-old boy reportedly got killed.