12 September 2017
By Chidiebere Ejike
The Abia State government has condemned the clash between members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and some officers of the Nigeria army in Umuahia, Abia State, on Sunday, describing the incident as unfortunate.
The government also urged the Nigerian Army to undertake its Operation Python Dance II with caution and warned the citizens to desist from confronting armed men in uniform while performing their duties.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Ude Oko Chukwu in a statement on Monday said the state government had the responsibility to ensure the safety of all persons resident in Abia State.
He noted that Abia had been a peaceful state and it was the desire of the government to ensure that it remained so.
The Deputy Governor also advised all persons living in the state to go about their lawful business without fear of molestation.
Chukwu said, as reported by Punch Newspaper, “Abia State is a peaceful state and we want it to remain so and that is why the state government condemns Sunday’s unfortunate incident.
“We also want to warn Abia State residents to desist from confronting security men who are on a lawful duty of protecting the people of the state. We also want to appeal to the army to conduct their security exercise with caution.”