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Southeast Govt Bans Tricycle Operations After Attack On Police Station

Abia State, Southeast Nigeria, has placed a temporary ban on tricycle operations in the state.

Abia State Government, Southeast Nigeria, Tuesday announced a 12-hour ban on motorcycles and tricycles movement in major towns within the state.

The ban follows an attack on a police station in Aba, the state’s commercial nerve centre, by yet to be identified hoodlums.

HumAngle reports that the police station was attacked early Tuesday, during which arms were carted away and the buildings and cars razed.

The state government described the incident as cowardly also announced a N1 million bounty for whosoever would provide information that could lead to the arrest of those behind the attack.

In a statement signed by Okiyi Kalu, Commissioner for Information, the state government announced the suspension of motorcycle and tricycle transportation operations in the city between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. with effect from Feb. 23.

The government assured citizens to remain calm as it was working with security agencies in the state to fish out the perpetrators of the crime and bring them to justice as quickly as possible.

“No part of Abia land will be ceded to criminals operating under any guise, and we will not spare any resource in ensuring that the perpetrators of this dastardly act are brought to book in no distant time and the stolen arms and ammunition recovered completely,” Kalu said in the statement.

The government retreated that the stolen arms would likely be used to attack innocent citizens and vowed to do all that was possible to recover them.

It called on businesses and strategic offices to be vigilant and beef up security around them while government and security are on the arsonists’ trail.

“We call on banks and other vulnerable institutions to fortify security around their places of business while strongly advising all security formations in the state to remain on red alert until the situation is fully pacified,” the commissioner said.

“We are determined to pay N1 million for any information leading to the recovery of any of the stolen arms and or arrest of any suspect. Anyone with such information can contact this number +234 803 914 8294. Such information will be treated with the utmost secrecy it deserves.”

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