Troops To Gradually Withdraw From Abia Today
After about five days of hostility between members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and the Nigerian Army, there are indications that the troops may be withdrawn to barracks starting from today.
The Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpazu told journalists that it had been agreed at the meeting between the army, police and traditional rulers of the state to withdraw the soldiers.
He said that the meeting was held with the General Officer Commanding (GOC) commanding the 82 Division of the Nigeria Army Enugu, Major General A.B. Abubakar, at Government House Umuahiaon Thursday.
Some of the resolution, according to a statement signed by Enyinnaya Appolos Chief Press Secretary to the Governor include reduction of the presence of soldiers on the street of Aba and Umuahia to reduce tension.
That the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and other security agencies should also 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.
The meeting also urged other traditional rulers to liaise with father of Nnamdi Kanu, HRH Eze I.O Kanu) to explore ways of restoring peace and normalcy.
It also implore all residents to go on with their normal business and ensure that they do not provoke the soldiers anymore.