Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state has held a closed-door meeting with traditional rulers in the State and the General Officer commanding the 82 Division of the Nigeria Army Enugu, Major General A.B. Abubakar.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Enyinnaya Appolos.
Ikpeazu and the traditional rulers appealed to the army to reduce military presence in the state, particularly at Aba and Umuahia, as, according to her, tension in the areas have gone down.
Appolos said, ”the Nigerian Police and other security agencies should ensure that those who are brought into Abia from other states, in order to cause trouble and engage in acts capable of causing breach of law and order, should be prevented from entering the State.
”That traditional rulers should further liaise with HRH Eze I.O Kanu (father of Nnamdi Kanu, Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB) to further explore ways of restoring peace and normalcy.
”That Abians and those who do business in the state should go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation, while desisting from acts capable of causing the breach of peace in the state.”