Tragedy was averted at the World Bank Market, Owerri, Imo State on Wednesday when a 32-year-old-man identified as Michael Suara escaped death by whiskers.
An eye witness disclosed that the Market Butchers Association led by one Simon Onyeadurunuo was on rampage with cutlasses in hot pursuit of the market guard, Michael Suara.
The butchers accused Suara, a native of Lagos State of being incapable of stopping suspected agents of Imo State government that burnt their meat tables at the fringes of the market.
According to the eyewitness, Suara was very smart to escape while the butchers ransacked the market in search of him.
Recall that the Imo State government has been launching campaign against roadside trading since over three weeks ago through Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA) and Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO).
Speaking with our correspondent, Suara expressed his profound gratitude to God for sparing his life.
He said; “I have been earlier confronted by one of the butchers who threatened to deal with me for allowing agents of the state government to destroy their tables for which I told him that l lacked powers to fight government.
“I was thereafter given a hot chase with cutlasses by the butchers as I was going round to perform my duties.
“My saviour was a shop I ran into and hid myself. I have reported the matter at New Owerri Police Station. I am begging police to ensure full scale investigation into the matter with a view to stopping a reoccurrence”.
In an interview, the Chairperson of World Bank Market, Tina Ugoezi expressed sadness over the development.
She called on the security agencies to investigate thoroughly the matter with a view to halting its reoccurrence.
The Chairman of the butchers, Simon Onyeadurunuo did not answer a call put across to his telephone.