Governor of Ebonyi, Dave Umahi has cautioned people of the state against the illegal buying and selling of lands and shops at the popular Kpirikpiri market in the state.
The governor issued the warning via a statement on Wednesday in Abakaliki.
In the statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji, Umahi warned the people involved to desist from the transaction, noting that the state government would punish the perpetrators.
He said: “It has come to the notice of the governor that some local government officials of Ebonyi Local Government Council are illegally selling lands and shops at Kpirikpiri Market.
“The sellers and buyers should know that the market is within the capital and as such belongs to the state government.
“We hereby, give notice of revocation of all lands and shops at Kpirikpiri market.
“All occupants are directed to proceed to the state Ministry of Market Development for appropriate documentation and payment to government.
“Take note that where such occupants fail and or neglect to come to the ministry for documentation and payment within the stipulated time, they shall be held responsible for breach of the state Land Use Regulations,”
Umahi noted that after seven days from Wednesday, all shops and lands whose occupants failed to make their papers and appropriate payments would be shut.
“All the perpetrators, no matter whom they are, shall be brought to book,’’
He stressed that his government had not given anyone the right to sell any land or shop at the market, adding that, “all concerned have been sufficiently admonished.