The traders and youth resisted and began a protest which turned deadly as stray bullet killed a 10-year old boy and several others sustained injuries.
The scene at Owerri has been described by many as a war zone and Nigerians are reacting to the sad event on social media.
Rochas is tearing down market in owerri. FMC is filled with casualties, soldiers are shooting both traders and customers. My God!!!— AlphaFemale (@alpha_orikaeze1) August 26, 2017
Terrible things happening in owerri now. Pray for owerri— KaKa ? (@kakachristy2) August 26, 2017
FUTO boys stay in your houses!Leave IMSU & Alvan girls for today! Owerri is on fire at the moment. So much violence! Pray For Owerri— Suz Of Humour ? (@f1rstlayD) August 26, 2017
Sad as it is, the Owerri massacre just as other issues in this country will not be taken seriously. Pray for Owerri.— Savage ? (@ikennaagha) August 26, 2017
Nigerians Take Note,Rochas should never win Any Seat In Nigerian Govt,am Not From Owerri but I will never support this Devilish act.— U’ric Ikenna O. (@ulrichobioma) August 26, 2017
RIP souls lost in the Owerri shootings,God would fight the fight of the Southerners in Nigeria— Leo Edozie Clinton (@Real_Fever) August 26, 2017
I weep for the lives lost in the Owerri demolition exercise!
The Governor / Government in charge should be sanctioned and punished!— I_Am_Nzeh (@nzexnew) August 26, 2017
Eke ukwu market demolition by douglas road in owerri have resulted to gnashing of teeth and loss of life.sporadic shooting by army— Richard (@wisdom_richard6) August 26, 2017
When I told some people in imo state that Douglas is a scam, they chase me away. Hope they can see what is happening in Owerri— Ebo Gerald (@ebogerald1) August 26, 2017
Not just Owerri, the nation is already fucked ???
R.I.P to the poor boy that was shot??— Enyinnaya (@iam_NuffBreed) August 26, 2017