These arrests were following the killing of a police Inspector last Wednesday by gunmen in the area, where two of the gunmen were also neutralised.
According to Onyebuchi Ememanka, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, he “condemns in its totality, any act of hostility against any security agent anywhere in the state, let alone the killing of a police officer under any guise whatsoever.
“It is therefore preposterous and unacceptable that the same officers who strive day and night for our safety will receive any form of hostility from the citizens.”
Ikpeazu further assured the citizens in the area that his administration is already in talks with all the service commanders of the different security agencies in the State with a view to bringing the situation under control, and ensuring that peace and tranquillity return to the area, adding “Innocent citizens must be protected at all costs. That is the position of the law.”
Ikpeazu urged all to remain calm and go about their businesses without fear, let nor hindrance.
When contacted, the command’s Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna, said that he was not aware of any government statement on arrests, stating “Somebody who loses a thing will be looking for it.”
“All I know is that they are raiding perceived black spots in the area.”