Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has held a closed door meeting with traditional rulers in the State and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) commanding the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army Enugu, Major General A.B. Abubakar.
According to a statement signed by Enyinnaya Appolos, the Chief Press Secretary to Ikpeazu, the Governor and the traditional rulers appealed to the GOC to reduce military presence in the state, particularly at Aba and Umuahia, as tension in the areas have gone down.
Appolos further disclosed that, "the Nigerian Police and other security agencies should 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.
“That traditional rulers should further liaise with HRH Eze I.O Kanu (father of Nnamdi Kanu, Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB) to further explore ways of restoring peace and normalcy.
“That Abians and those who do business in the state should go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation, while desisting from acts capable of causing the breach of peace in the state.”