In the wake of the clash between the indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Nigerian Army in the South East, the Kaduna State Government and the Nigeria Police Force have dispelled the rumors of a possible attack against communities in the state.
Amidst widespread rumors of Uprising and retaliations on Non-Indigenes, panicked residents have been placing calls to relatives to ascertain their status. The State’s Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh at a meeting with Igbo and Yoruba Communities in Kaduna, adviced people to go about their usual businesses, as there is no cause for alarm in the State.
The Commissioner said: “There is no crisis in Kaduna. The state is peaceful. I advise all to open shops as usual and do their businesses. Don’t be apprehensive, the rumor is baseless and unfounded. Our men are at alert all the time to ensure peaceful atmosphere in the state”
The Kaduna State Government has also assured all residents of their safety. In a statement issued by the media spokesman to the governor, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, he said the state government and the security agencies had taken appropriate measures to safeguard lives and properties in the state.
In his words: “The Kaduna State Government wishes to assure all residents of their safety. The state government and the security agencies have taken appropriate action to secure lives and property. Therefore, every citizen should go about their lawful duties without let or hindrance.
“The security situation is under constant review, including events that have taken place in other parts of the country. Our diverse communities will not be engulfed by negative conduct that has taken place elsewhere.”
The community leaders of both the Igbo and Yoruba, Chris Nnoli and Yinka Olapade thanked the police for he assurance given to them. The leaders blamed social media for the unwarranted rumors and they both assured the police that they would deliver the message assurance back to their people that Kaduna is actually peaceful.