Govt Appeals To Arewa, Igbo Communities

THE Delta State Government has reassured Deltans of its commitment to ensuring sustainable peace and security in the state and has condemned the Abraka killings in Asaba last Friday. It described the act as inhuman, illegal, ultra-vires and unacceptable and appealed for peaceful co-existence between the Arewa and Igbo communities.
The Commissioner of Police, Delta State Police Command, Mr. Zannah Ibrahim who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Mr. Ojo, gave the assurance at a high-powered security meeting with stakeholders held at the palace of the Asagba of Asaba.
The DCP lamented the unfortunate incident left dozens injured and dead, adding that investigations were ongoing to ascertain the reason behind such heinous act, even as he said that some persons have been arrested in connection with the killings.
He assured residents of the capital city that extra security measures have been put in place to forestall the reccurrence of such acts capable of disrupting the prevalence of peace in the state, adding that security outfits have been established to complement the efforts of the police.
Mr. Ojo stated that it was within the constitutional rights of every Nigerian to live in any part of the country he or she so desired, and called on the Arewa and Igbo communities in the state to co-exist with each other in peace.
While assuring residents of the state that the police would not relent in its efforts to maintain peace and order, he urged Deltans to be vigilant and report suspicious activities in their neighborhood, even as he gave out police quick response phone numbers.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof.) Chike Edozien, who was represented by the Iyase of Asaba, Chief Patrick Onyeobi, said that the purpose of the meeting was not to apportion blames, but to suggest measures of ensuring the sustainability of the peace that exists in the state and its capital. He sympathised with the families of the victims and asked them to forgive whoever that was behind the