Report reaching investigatorsnews says Endsars Protests in Abia Satae seem to have been hijacked by hoodlums. 

In Aba the commercial nerve centre of the State, hoodlums who presented themselves as protesters have burnt down two police stations, attack policemen on duty around Azikiwe-Asa road during which one policeman was killed while unknown number of arms and ammunitions were forcefully stolen by the hoodlums.

The State government after careful review of the incident and other cases that took within a couple of days back have placed a 24hour indefinite curfew in the state, to curb further wanton destruction of lives and properties. Details as presented in attached press statement.

Press Release 

Last night a contingent of police officers on official duty around Azikiwe Road by Asa in Aba, was attacked by yet to be identified hoodlums numbering over 30 who sadly killed one of the officers and also carted away their arms and ammunition even though one of the suspected attackers was apprehended with gunshot injuries.

After detailed review and assessment of the general security situation, including reports of armed cultists and hoodlums sneaking into the state from different parts of the country in large numbers, the burning down of at least two police stations, reported killing of two policemen in the last two days as well as leaked plans to unleash more violence on innocent citizens, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed security agents to ensure the immediate arrest and prosecution of the hoodlums, pursue a swift and complete recovery of the stolen arms and ammunition with the necessary vigour, and ensure the cultists are comprehensively flushed out.

To ensure the continued security of lives and property of law abiding citizens, the Governor has also directed the imposition of a 24-hour curfew on Aba and Umuahia from 6pm today till further notice.

Furthermore, Governor Ikpeazu has approved a cash reward of Five Million Naira Only (N5, 000,000.00) to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of the hoodlums and armed cultists. This is in addition to the approval of a reward of One Million Naira Only (N1,000,000.00) for each authentic video evidence on brutality and extrajudicial killings by security agents in the state submitted to the Judicial Panel of Inquiry being inaugurated to investigate the incidents.

Parents and guardians are strongly advised to monitor the activities of their children and wards to ensure that they are not engaged in nefarious activities, predispose themselves to harm or allow themselves to be used to cause mayhem in the State.

Thank you. 

Chief John Okiyi Kalu

Honorable Commissioner for Information, Abia State


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