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Friday, 15 September 2017

Normalcy restored in Abia – Police

The Nigerian Police authority has said normalcy has returned to parts of Abia state where clashes between security agencies and some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra were reported.

Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said this on Thursday night during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today, which was anchored by Seun Okinbaloye.

According to him, the increased tension in Abia during the early hours of yesterday following a mob attack on a police station at Ariaria International Market in Aba had subsided..

Moshood who said no life was lost in the incident explained that an investigation had been opened to get to the root of the attack.

He assured the indigenes of the South East and Nigerians resident there that the police would continue to protect them and the necessary deployment of personnel has been done for that purpose.

“Normalcy has been restored in the state and people are going about their business without hindrance except in Aba where we are enforcing a dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

“We have increased our deployment to Abia State and equally all the South-East and South-South states to ensure that Nigerians are allowed to go about their business without any hindrance and without any fear or apprehension.

“It won’t be appropriate to begin to tell you that this is the actual number

“Outside that, we want to implore the traditional rulers and opinion leaders and religious leaders to prevail on them (those behind disturbances) to see reason why they should give peace a chance because whatsoever is the eventuality of causing disturbances in public places will not pay anybody,” Moshood added.

Earlier, a new Commissioner of Police, Anthony Ogbizi, had assumed duty at the Abia State Police Command amid security challenges and uncertainty.

Moshood, however, said the decision to change baton at the helm of Police affairs in the state had been taken much earlier and that the change of guard shouldn’t be a source of concern or debate.

“The change has been effected even far, far before now. It is to bring new impetus to crime control and prevention in that area,” he said.


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