15 September 2017
By CHUKWUDERA EZE
In light of the military operation in Abia state, Governor of the state, Okezie Ikpeazu, has said that soldiers would be withdrawn from the streets of Umuahia, the state capital, and Aba, its commercial nerve centre, by Friday.
Ikpeazu made this known on Thursday at the Government House, Umuahia, while reacting to the security situation in the state.
He said the situation in the past few days, which led to the deployment of soldiers ahead of `Operation Python Dance II,’ a military exercise by the Nigerian Army, had generated great concerns to both the government and the people.
“I will also be meeting the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, to discuss possible ways of relaxing Operation Python Dance II in the state for now.”
He added that the withdrawal would not affect pre-existing military checkpoints at various locations in the state and warned mischief makers to stay away from Abia, warning that agitations and protests would not be tolerated.
“Mischief makers who want to use Abia as their base, let me announce to you that henceforth, Abia will be too hot for you to carry out your wicked acts.
“The state government will work with security agents to ensure the protection of lives and property without fear or favour. There will be no hiding place for you.”
He also urged residents of Aba to fully observe the current curfew in the city and ensure that they cooperate with security agents to maintain peace and order.