Reporter : CHINEDU ANYASO
Abia State Government says it will pay one million Naira for any information leading to the arrest of hoodlums who attacked a Police Station in Aba on Tuesday.
The incident led to loss of lives and while the hoodlums carted away of arms and ammunition.
The State Commissioner for Information,
Chief John Okiyi Kalu, in a statement
assured members of the public that government was working with security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly crime and bring them to justice as quickly as possible.
The statement noted that no part of Abia land would be ceded to criminals operating under any guise, warning that it would not spare any resource in ensuring that the perpetrators of the act were brought to book in no distant time and the stolen arms and ammunition recovered completely.
It expressed regret that the stolen arms would likely be used against innocent citizens and urged residents to avail law enforcement agencies with vital information that would lead to the arrest of the criminals and recovery of the arms.
It urged anyone with useful information to contact the mobile number, 0803 914 8294, promising that
such information would be treated with the utmost secrecy it deserved.
Meanwhile, Abia State Government has imposed a ban on commercial tricycle (Keke) and motorcycle (Okada) operations between 7pm and 7am in all major cities of the state starting from Tuesday 23rd February, 2021.
Commissioner for Information, Chief Okiyi Kalu, in a statement called for total vigilance and prompt information from citizens to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the hoodlums behind the attack.
It called on banks and other vulnerable institutions to fortify security around their places of business while strongly advising all security formations in the state to remain on red alert until the situation improved.
It advised law abiding citizens and visitors to go about their normal businesses while maintaining vigilance as measures had been put in place to ensure their safety.
It observed that those attacking security agents and formations “seek to engender anarchy and fear in the minds of the people, warning that government would not allow them to win or turn its focus away from the onerous task of rapidly developing the state.”
According to the statement, government would continue to support security agencies with whatever they needed to foil the agenda of the hoodlums.
It implored community leaders to be vigilant, urging parents and guardians to take more interest in the activities of their children and wards to prevent them from falling prey to criminally minded individuals.