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Abia State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, has said Abia remains one of the safest states despite recent attacks.
Kalu said that despite experiencing pockets of attacks from men of the underworld in the state, it still remains one of the safest in the country.
He made this known during an interactive session with newsmen in Umuahia on Wednesday.
Kalu said that the local security outfits established by the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led administration to cater for the security of the people and the State in complementing the efforts of federal security agencies, were still very effective.
While reacting to the issue of attacks on security institutions in the state, he made it clear that some arrests have been made and that the people should cooperate with government in finding a lasting solutions to the menace.
‘We strongly urge all on those attacking security facilities in the country to stop it immediately because the consequences of such mindless attacks will not be palatable to any citizen of this country. Attacks on police officers, in particular, constitute direct threat to our society. Nobody will benefit from anarchy going anarchical in our state or country,’ he said.
While speaking on the case of the kidnapped Abia State University student that later regained her freedom, the commisioner said that the State Government was able to successfully secure the release as a result of the focused intervention of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, as well as, the competence of security agents and commended the Governor on his proactively tactful approach to issues of security in the state.
Kalu also expressed concerns that Nigeria was in a bad mix of poor economy and insecurity, emphasising that it is a toxic cocktail that must be handled expeditiously to prevent untoward outcomes.
He expressed regrets that most of the issues that led to the #EndSARS protests last year were still being largely ignored by the authorities concerned and called for immediate convocation of a national conference to address raging issues of injustice that has led to agitations across the nation.
He, therefore, called on the Federal Government to make immediate concerted efforts at bringing all sides of the country together, treat them fairly and meaningfully address the sociopolitical grievances of the people so as to restore peace to the country before things become uncontrollable.
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