Following the killing of nine people at a cattle market, the Abia State government on Monday sent a delegation to offer condolences to the families of those who died in Gombe State.

Seven of the victims, who were killed by thugs, are believed to be indigenous to Gombe state.

According to the Acting Chairman of the Livestock Traders Association of Nigeria, Yahuza Yusuf, no government in the south of the country has shown sympathy for the body like Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

He revealed that the governor, who had made it clear that he could not compensate for the lives lost, had pledged 2 million naira each to the families of the deceased, who had not yet been redeemed, adding that around 150,000 naira had been provided.

“We asked him (Ikpeazu) to pay our damages and he said he couldn’t pay all our damages, but he gave us 150,000 naira as the value of each cow and he promised to support the affected families to survive and other .N2m to families, but it hasn’t been paid yet,” Yusuf said.

He also disclosed that the association traveled to Abia State to bring back surviving members, noting that Ikpeazu opposed the decision.

“The governor said the people were in his custody; he gave us good attention and we stayed with him for more than three hours. He’s the only governor who’s done this to us since all these things happened in the South,” Yusuf added.

For his part, the representative of the governor and supreme leader of Abriba, Kalu Ogbu, expressed his sadness over the killings.

Ogbu said, “I am here to express our sympathy and condolences to the people and government of Abia State. The incident is sad and I don’t know how to explain it. There are no words to explain what happened because it was the work of misguided comrades.

“Thank goodness our governor has taken responsibility for making sure those behind are caught to face the wrath of the law.”

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