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MASSOB Protest: Anambra Regrets Loss Of Lives

Posted: May 30, 2016 at 10:47 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

– Appeals To Residents To Remain Calm

Chukwjekwu Ilozue

Awka – Anambra State Government said that its attention has been drawn to attempts by  some hoodlums to hijack a peaceful demonstration by some youths in Nkpor, Idemili Local Government Area, to mark the Democracy Day on Monday morning.

“These elements, it said, “infiltrated the demonstration and unleashed a wave of violent attacks on the police, burning down a patrol van and sowed panic among the populace.

“This untoward tendency runs against the culture of security and peaceful co-existence of all ci?zens that we have established in our beloved state in the past two years.

“The Government of Anambra State shall not allow some unscrupulous elements to undermine our collective achievement as the most peaceful state in Nigeria and slow down our steady march to progress and prosperity.

“We, therefore, warn people who are planning to foment trouble or hide under the guise of peaceful demonstration to disturb the peace to desist from such acts with immediate effect as that will not be tolerated.

“Consequently, the law enforcement agents have been directed to maintain the peace in a manner that is expected of a professional police force in a democracy without the application of excessive force that might lead to avoidable casualties.

“Ndi Anambra are advised to go about their lawful businesses peacefully as the law enforcement agents have assured of safety and protection for all.

“The Government of Anambra State deeply regrets the loss of lives and property that resulted from the exchange of gun fire between the hoodlums and the police earlier today and sincerely condoles with the families of victims.

The public statement was signed by Ogbuefi Tony Nncheta, Commissioner for Information and Communications Strategy.