Mayor of Umunneochi condemns killing of soldiers in Aba

The Mayor of Umunneochi, Mr Ndubuisi Ike has strongly condemned the tragic killing of soldiers in Aba on Friday, May 31, 2024. This heinous act of violence is an affront to peace, security, and the values that bind our communities together.

He stated that acts of violence not only takes the lives of our protectors but also threatens the peace and stability of our region. He also said it is imperative to stand united against such atrocities and work together to prevent further acts of violence and called on the relevant authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and bring the perpetrators of this cowardly act to justice.

Mayor Ndubuisi Ike emphasizes the importance of community solidarity and cooperation with law enforcement agencies to maintain peace and security in the region. He calls on all citizens to report any suspicious activities and to support initiatives aimed at fostering harmony and mutual respect.

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I condemn the killing of soldiers in Aba on Friday, 31 May 2024. As someone who works closely with officers and troops to manage security matters, I know, first hand, how devoted they are to their duties. These dastardly acts break our hearts but the power of our vision of a secure and safe Abia State is unbreakable. Though our tears may be deep and flow like a river, we are strengthened by His Excellency’s common resolve to give Abians and indeed humanity a better world, and acts of wickedness such as these may distract but not deter us from the pursuit of noble goals.

Every crime has its signature and the criminals who killed gallant members of our troops who sacrifice a lot to keep us secure and safe, must have left their signature on the scene and in the related activities. I encourage security forces to keep an open mind and join forces to diligently investigate these dastardly acts and fish out the culprits.

Ndi Umunneochi and well-meaning individuals are united in their support for His Excellency, Dr. Alex Chioma Otti, OFR, and the government of Abia State for the actions that have been taken to restore normalcy in the society. The high-level engagements with the security authorities, the open, transparent and honest communication with the general public, the offer of N25mln reward to anyone who would help find the culprits, and His Excellency’s prompt visit to the families of the deceased to commiserate with them, are prime examples of the stellar leadership qualities and value-added governance that we are becoming accustomed to.

To the families and the Military, please accept our heartfelt condolences. We thank the officers and men of our military and other security agencies for their good works in Umunneochi, Abia State, and Nigeria.

Ndubuisi Ike, FCA,
Mayor of Umunneochi.
2 June 2024.