The Abia state government reacted to yesterday’s attack on the Abayi police station in which two policemen were killed and armed men took their weapons.
The state government is also awarding an N1m reward to anyone who provides information on the recovery of weapons looted by the thugs.
To increase criminal checkmate activities in the state, the government imposes a ban on Keke / Okada operations between 7pm and 7am in all major cities in the state as of yesterday.
A statement from Information Commissioner Chief John Okiyi-Kalu said his attention was “drawn to a senseless and cowardly attack on a police station in Aba by yet unidentified armed thugs in the early hours of today (Tuesday). , leading to loss of precious lives and transportation of weapons and ammunition.
“We want to assure the public that the government is working with law enforcement agencies in the state to fish for the perpetrators of this cowardly crime and bring them to justice as quickly as possible.
No part of Abia’s land will be ceded to criminals acting under any pretext and we will spare no recourse to ensure that the perpetrators of this vile act are brought to justice in a short time and that the stolen weapons and ammunition are fully recovered ” .
The government, the statement added, was concerned that weapons taken by the thugs to law enforcement officers are likely to be used against innocent citizens.
The government, while promising to release N1m to anyone who provides information leading to the recovery of stolen weapons, said that such information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
The state said that those who attack security agents and formations only seek to generate anarchy and fear in the minds of the people, but assured that the government will not allow them to win or divert their attention from the onerous task of rapidly developing the state.
She implored community leaders to be vigilant, adding that parents and guardians should take more interest in the activities of their children and wards to prevent them from falling prey to criminally minded people.