The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR has on behalf of Abia State government commisserated with the families of the innocent Police Officers killed in Aba on Tuesday 25th July, 2023 while on a legitimate duty with the Honourable Commissioner for Commerce, Trade and Investment, Dr. Chimezie Ukaegbu.

Governor Otti says that government views the attack on the innocent police officers by yet to be identified gunmen as cruel, unjust and highly provocative and should be condemned by all men and women of good conscience.

In the same vain, the Governor has condemned in strong terms the reprisal attack allegedly carried out by some police officers against some innocent citizens in the city of Aba earlier today, describing it as lawless and counterproductive, since such victims have not been proven to be directly or indirectly involved in the attack that led to the death of those two Police Officers.

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The Governor on getting to know about today’s reprisal attacks immediately got the Police authorities to withdraw the Officers from the affected areas which paved the way for the return of peace and normalcy in the area. Governor Otti assures that his government would do everything within its powers to ensure that the killers of the Police Officers and their sponsors are brought to justice and that those Police Officers who took laws into their hands by brutalizing innocent citizens and destroying people’s properties are also made to face the law. He insists that two wrongs can never make a right.

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Finally, the Governor has also promised to ensure that adequate compensation is paid to the families of the slain Officers and to innocent citizens who were brutalised and their properties destroyed. Credible intelligence has revealed the possible source of the attack and the security forces have already swung into action to route out all forms of criminality in the state. He therefore called on Abians to go about their legitimate businesses without fear, assuring them that his government would continue to place priority on the welfare and security of all Abians.

Ferdinand Ekeoma
Special Adviser
(Media and Publicity) to the

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