THE Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has negotiated the withdrawal of solders from the streets at Aba and Umuahia.
The governor, who disclosed that he would be meeting the President Muhammadu Buhari, to discuss possible ways of relaxing the Operation Python dance 11 in the state for now.
noted that the withdrawal, which will commence from Friday morning, came after several interventions.
In a statement Thursday, the governor stated that the soldiers will however still man pre-existing military checkpoints at various locations in the state.
Ikpeazu warned that “we will not tolerate agitators and protesters taking over the streets for any reason at all,” as the soldiers
make their exit.
According to the governor: “The security situation in the state in the past few days, which led to the deployment of soldiers into our state ahead of the Operation Python dance 11, has become of great concern to both the government and the citizenry.
”Our attention has been drawn to ugly incidences of attacks on police stations and military posts at Aba and Umuahia and we hereby warn that we will no longer tolerate that, and all other acts that are capable of causing insecurity in the state.
Warning mischief makers and rumour mongers to stay away from Abia, he said that, “it is in the interest of all our citizens and residents for full and total peace and security to return to our state immediately. No meaningful progress can be made in an atmosphere of violence and and anarchy.”