Some police officers have been deployed to ensure Ama Awusa, a settlement dominated by northerners in Owerri, Imo State capital is protected from any planned attack.
Sulaiman Ibrahim Sulaiman, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Hope Uzodimma on Gender and Vulnerable Persons (men), disclosed this to Daily Trust, saying that the needed security had been provided to guard the Hausa community in the state.
Sulaiman revealed that the people have been educated on the need to live in peace and harmony with their neighbours, adding that northerners in the state are not planning to carry out any reprisal attack, based on the recent killing of seven Northern traders as they have taken it in good faith and saw it as an act of God.
“We have taken everything as the will of Allah. To Him we come and to Him we shall return. Some of us have been here for decades. Even our grandparents were here over 150 years ago. So we see yourselves as indigenes of the state and so there is no need to fight or create recriminations between us.”
Sulaiman also sent a word of advice by pleading with northerners who are threatening a reprisal attack on Igbo interests in the North, not to give in to the temptation as it is a ploy by politicians who do not want peace in the country.