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Heavy armed personnel provide security as Ohanaeze holds summit in Akwa

Heavy armed personnel provide security as Ohanaeze holds summit in Akwa

- As Ohanaeze Ndigbo holds summit on restructuring on Monday, May 21, security has been beefed up around venue of the summit

- There are heavily armed personnel stationed around roads leading to the venue

- The security is tight because the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra had threatened to cause security breach at the event

Security has been beefed up around the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, the Anambra state capital, venue of the Monday, May 21, Ohanaeze Ndigbo summit on restructuring.

Heavily armed personnel of the Army, Navy, Police and NSCDC were strategically positioned on the adjoining roads leading to the venue, NAN reports. notes that officials of the FRSC were also around Aromma Junction and the Alex Ekwueme Square, to ensure free flow of traffic.

Police anti-bomb units were also stationed in and around the venue, among other proactive measures taken.

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It will be recalled that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had threatened to cause security breach at the event, warning guests to stay away in their own interest.

Traffic was redirected from the area as workers at the federal and state high courts, state House of Assembly and Universal Basic Education Board, were searched before passing the venue to their offices.

A civil servant who gave her name as Alice said she was surprised at the level of security presence in the area. She said workers in the state were not previously intimated on the heavy security presence, but said the development was in the interest of the public.

She said: “I was searched before I was allowed to use the Ekwueme Square route that leads to my office; I was shocked initially but they explained the reasons to me."

Musa Amad, a commercial motorcyclist, said they were forced to take longer routes as the normal roads to these offices were condoned off. He decried the drop in patronage by the residents as most commuters trekked to their different destinations.

SP Haruna Mohammed, police public relations officer in Anambra, had warned IPOB members to steer clear the venue or have themselves to blame. He said adequate security would be provided for all law abiding citizens.

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He added: “I am sounding this as a note of warning to any group that plans to make trouble during the summit. We are ready for them and will not tolerate any violence. Our men are ready for them and we are urging members of the public to go about their duties diligently."

Meanwhile, previously reported that the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said it would host an Igbo summit in Awka, Anambra state's capital city on May 21.

The summit is part of the decision reached at the Ime-Obi (inner caucus) of Ohanaeze on Tuesday, May 8.

The Igbo summit is aimed at giving an opportunity to Nigerians of Igbo extraction to review the state of the nation and fusion out a common stand on various issues.

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