The Abia State Government has placed N1 million bounty on suspected hoodlums who attacked a police station at the World Bank Housing Estate in Aba, on Tuesday, which led to the death of two officers and leaving others injured.
The attackers also razed the police station and looted the armoury in the division
Police officers killed in the attack have been identified simply as sergeant Emmanuel and ASP Vincent.
In a statement by the state Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi-Kalu, the government stated that it is ready to pay the sum of N1 million for any information that would lead to the recovery of the stolen arms and the arrest of the suspects involved in the attack.
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He added that such information would be treated with the utmost secrecy it deserved.
The state government assured members of the public that it is working with security agencies to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to justice as quickly as possible.
The state government has also imposed a 12-hour curfew on Aba.
It added that no part of Abia would 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 justice in the 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 the recovery of these arms,” the statement read in part.
“Consequently, the government hereby imposes a ban on keke/okada operations between 7pm and 7am in all major cities of the state starting from today, February 23, 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.”