Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has ordered the immediate closure of Umuehilegbu Industrial Market popularly called Bakasi Market in Aba the commercial hub of the state.
A statement by the Chief of staff to the governor, Chief Anthony Agbazuere, stated that the order came as a result of an unwarranted attack of men of the Abia State Fire Service and the destruction of its vehicles.
The statement added that the Chairman and all members of the Industrial Market Management Committee have also been suspended.
The governor also ordered the Police and other security agencies to safeguard the market and equally arrest all perpetrators of the illicit acts for consequential prosecution.
The PUNCH was gathered that mob from the market had attacked men of the fire service for allegedly arriving late to put out fire that razed a section of the market.