The Convener/National Coordinator of the Abia Professionals, Chief Sonny Iroche has condemned in very strong terms the attack by yet to be identified hoodlums on the Abayi police station in Aba, Abia State.
“The impunity and dare devil act of attacking a police station, which is the institution charged with the responsibility of internal safety and security sends a very wrong signal to the citizenry and prospective foreign investors that nobody is safe under these circumstances,” he said.
It is about time that the country takes security of lives and property seriously, he continued, stressing that “If a police station in a commercial city like Aba, could be attacked, in broad day light, then which one of us is safe?
“On behalf of Abia Professionals, we express our shock and solidarity with the men and women of the Nigeria Police, and those who were directly affected by the attack, the Abia State Commissioner of Police and his command, and the Inspector-General of police.
“It is long overdue that we take both our internal and external security very seriously. Such a brazen attack cannot be tolerated and the culprits must be apprehended and brought to book as a deterrence to others who may nurse such an unacceptable crime against the state,” he concluded.
The Abia State government had earlier alerted on the attack through a statement by Chief John Okiyi Kalu, the State’s Commissioner for Information.
The statement said the state government is offering N1 million for information that would lead to the recovery of any stolen arms and announced the ban on the operations of Keke/Okada (commercial tricycles/motorcycles) between 7pm and 7am in all major cities of the state starting from Tuesday, 23rd February, 2021.”
Full text of Abia State government’s statement
The attention of Abia State Government has been drawn to a mindless and cowardly attack on a police station in Aba by yet to be identified armed hoodlums in the early hours of today leading to loss of precious lives and carting away of arms and ammunition.
We wish to assure members of the public that government is working with security agencies in the state to fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly crime and bring them to justice as quickly as possible.
No part of Abia land will be ceded to criminals operating under any guise and we will not spare any resource in ensuring that the perpetrators of this dastardly act are brought to book in no distant time and the stolen arms and ammunition recovered completely.
Sadly, the arms these hoodlums have carted away from law enforcement agents will most likely be used against innocent citizens. Government therefore calls on citizens to avail law enforcement agencies with vital information that will lead to the arrest of the criminals and recovery of these arms .
We are determined to pay N1m for any information leading to the recovery of any of the stolen arms and or arrest of any suspect. Anyone with such information can contact this number: +234 803 914 8294.
Such information will be treated with the utmost secrecy it deserves.
Consequently, Government hereby imposes a ban on Keke/Okada operations between 7pm and 7am in all major cities of the state starting from today, 23rd February, 2021.
Once again, we call for total vigilance and prompt information from citizens to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the hoodlums. We call 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 is fully pacified.
Law abiding citizens and visitors are advised to go about their normal businesses while maintaining vigilance as measures have been put in place to ensure their safety.
Those attacking security agents and formations only seek to engender anarchy and fear in the minds of our people but we will not allow them to win or turn our focus away from the onerous task of rapidly developing our state. We will therefore continue to support security agencies with whatever they need to foil the agenda of the hoodlums.
While we implore community leaders to be vigilant, we urge parents and guardians to take more interest in the activities of their children and wards to avoid their falling prey to criminally minded individuals.
Chief John Okiyi Kalu
Honorable Commissioner for Information, Abia State