Indications are rife that troops may withdraw from the streets of Aba and Umuahia, five days after hostility broke out between members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and the Nigerian Army.
The Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu told journalists that a meeting attended by the army, police and traditional rulers of the state had agreed for the withdrawal of the soldiers.
Ikpeazu said the meeting attended by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigeria Army, Enugu, Major General A.B. Abubakar, at Government House Umuahia Thursday also resolved to reduce the presence of soldiers on the streets of Aba and Umuahia to ease tension.
A press statement signed by Enyinnaya Appolos, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, indicated that the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and other security agencies warned those brought to Abia from other states to cause trouble and engage in acts capable of causing breach of law and order to desist from the act.
The meeting, which urged other traditional rulers to liaise with the father of Nnamdi Kanu, Eze I.O Kanu to explore ways of restoring peace and normalcy, implored residents to go about their normal business.