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Ohafia killing: We will not tolerate the killing of unarmed citizens- Abia Govt

Abia state government says it will not condone the reckless killing of unarmed civilians by security agents which are supposed to protect lives and property.

The state government was reacting in a statement today to the shooting of a citizen by security agents in Ohafia during the week.

The statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi, called for an end to the senseless killings forthwith.

The statement read, “Abia State Government is shocked to receive the news of yet another alleged extra-judicial killing of a citizen by security agents, this time in Ohafia. We are also receiving reports of ongoing skirmishes involving community youth and security agents.

“The Governor appeals to all parties to ensure immediate restoration of calm to allow a proper investigation to be conducted to bring those who are culpable to justice.
“The Transition Council Chairman of Ohafia LGA, Prince Fred Idika, has been directed to immediately meet with the family of the bereaved and others affected by the unfortunate skirmish to express the sincere condolences of the Government of Abia State and reassure them that everything possible will be done to ensure that justice is served.

“We wish to reiterate that we will not accept the unwarranted killing of any citizen or resident of the state and demand once more that security agents enforcing the COVID-19 necessitated lockdown in the state, do so within the operating guidelines for maintenance of internal security as issued to all arm bearing forces in Nigeria. The reckless killing of unarmed civilians will not be tolerated by this administration and we call for an end to it forthwith.”

The state government urged youths in Ohafia in particular and the State, in general, to be calm, assuring that it will leave no stone unturned in unravelling the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident and ensure justice is served.

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