Officials of the Federal Road Safety (FRSC) have been deployed to Aromma Junction and the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, Anambra, Nigeria to ensure free flow of traffic ahead of Ohanaeze Ndigbo summit. Police anti-bomb units are also stationed in and around the venue, among other proactive measures taken. Reports from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) also revealed that heavily armed personnel of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Police and NSCDC were strategically positioned on the adjoining roads to the venue on Monday 21st May 2018.
It will be recalled that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had threatened to cause security breach at the event, warning guests to stay away in their own interest. Traffic was redirected from the area as workers at the Federal and State High Courts, State House of Assembly and Universal Basic Education Board were searched before passing the venue to their offices.
A civil servant who gave her name as Alice said she was surprised at the level of security presence in the area. Alice stated that workers in the state were not previously intimidated on the heavy security presence but said the development was in the interest of the public.
According to her words; “I was searched before I was allowed to use the Ekwueme Square route that leads to my office. I was shocked initially but they explained the reasons to me” she stated. Also, Musa Amad, a commercial motorcyclist, said they were forced to take longer routes as the normal roads to these offices were cordoned off. He decried the drop in patronage by the residents as most commuters trekked to their different destinations.
However, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Anambra State, SP Haruna Mohammed, had earlier warned IPOB members to steer clear the venue or have themselves to blame. Mohammed stated that adequate security would be provided for all law abiding citizens.
According to his words; “I am sounding this as a note of warning to any group that plans to make trouble during the summit. We are ready for them and will not tolerate any violence. Our men are ready for them and we are urging members of the public to go about their duties diligently” he stated.
Meanwhile, prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday 20th May 2018, visited the embattled former governor of Plateau state and senator representing Plateau North senatorial district, Jonah Jang in Jos prison. However, Jang had previously been reported to be remanded in prison after his arraignment at Kogi state high court on 16th May 2018 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The senator is currently facing a twelve count charge over alleged corruption and misappropriation of N6.3 billion during the last leg of his tenure as governor of Plateau state. Punch Newspaper also reports that those who visited Jang in prison include former vice president Atiku Abubakar, a former minister of information and orientation Prof. Jerry Gana and Chief Chris Giwa.
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