The Abia State Government has raised alarm over a purported clandestine plot to unleash mayhem in the state under the guise of organizing a protest against RUGA. According to a Press release by Chief John Okiyi Kalu, dated October 23rd 2019, it reads.
Abia State Government has uncovered plots by hoodlums to disrupt the peace, loot shops and other properties in the state under the guise of protesting against RUGA settlements in Abia and other South East States.
For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to reiterate that we do not have lands for RUGA or any similar settlement in Abia, hence, have not provided or negotiated with any individual, group or institution concerning it. In fact, our government has proactively gone ahead to set up the ministry of homeland security with a substantive commissioner to further strengthen the security of lives and property of citizens and residents of the state as well as curtail any possibility of farmers-herdsmen clashes.
We therefore wish to warn those behind the plots to attack innocent persons and loot people’s properties under whatever guise to desist from that path as law enforcement agencies have been put on full alert to deal decisively with those seeking to disrupt the existing peace in the state.