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Police, Vigilantes On High Alert Over Video Claim On Security Threat

Following tension over alleged impending attacks in Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria, the Nigeria Police Force and vigilantes have called for increased security measures to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) Danmallam Mohammed, in-charge of Zone 13 of Nigeria Police, in Awka on Monday directed the Commissioner of Police in the State, John Abang John, to investigate a viral video which claimed there were some stranger elements in the state to attack communities.

Mohammed ordered discreet investigation into the video which claims that a large number persons suspected to be from the northern part of the country arrived in Anambra and distributed themselves to different locations to attack communities.

The two minutes video claims thatj the stranger elements numbering about 400 arrived at Hausa Quarters in Amawbia in Awka South Local Government Area from where they were being dispatched to different parts of the state on motorcycles.

Mohammed in the statement signed by DSP Nkiru Nwode, Public Relations Officer of the Command, said the attention of Nigeria Police Zone 13 in Ukpo, Anambra State, had been drawn to the viral video.

“The viral video purported an influx of elements whom according to the source were Fulani insurgent migrants into Agulu and Adazi areas of Anambra State by a barrage of motorcycles.

“The content of the video also stated that the migration was intended to wreak mayhem on some communities of the state and called on the people to be vigilant and resist any attempt at heisting their localities.

“The AIG warns that while raising alarms on security, caution is advised so as not to incite the public against law and order and cause disaffection and tension.

“The Anambra Command Commissioner, John Abang John is directed to tighten the security in the state and also to wade into the video to examine the contents so shared and get back to the Zone for clarification.

“We implore the people to be calm and go about your legal duties without fear of harassment,” it stated.

Earlier, the Anambra Vigilance Group (AVG) issued similar alert on its operatives across the state sequel to the threat video.

Chief Ikechukwu Aduba, Chairman of the (AVG) Advisory Committee, who issued the warning called on the law enforcement agencies to enforce the ban on use of motorcycles in urban areas and highways in the state.

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