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The Government of Abia State has declared Monday and Tuesday as public holidays to enable residents of the state to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
The Secretary to Abia State Government, Barrister Chris Ezem, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
‘Consequently, all public offices and markets are to be closed as all are enjoined to use this opportunity to visit the INEC offices or collection centres where they registered to collect their PVCs ahead of the 29th January 2023 deadline by INEC for closure of PVC collection,’ the statement read.
‘The Executives of the various markets in the State are directed to ensure strict compliance on the closure of their various markets or be prepared to face appropriate sanctions.’
According to the SSG, banks and those on essential duties are not affected by the government’s directive.
In another report, the Nigerian Military has on Wednesday night revealed that some of its troops had conducted a search and rescue operation in order to extricate one of its abducted soldiers from the captivity of a militant ESN group in Abia state and they have also clarified that never invaded Amangu community.
Director of Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu who made this known in Abuja however regretted that during the operation, one soldier paid the supreme price following a shootout with the militants.