Says masked men sighted within Onitsha metropolis were AVG personnel
By Our Reporter
The government of Anambra State has described the panic that ensued in the commercial city of Onitsha earlier today as unnecessary, noting that the masked men sighted within the city and environs were actually security agents.
Disclosing this in an official statement on Friday, the state Commissioner for Information Sir Paul Nwosu stated that the state government deployed a response team comprising different security agencies to ensure the safety of traders and their property, hence urged the citizens not to be scared about their presence in some parts of the commercial city.
In his statement captioned “THERE IS NO CAUSE FOR ALARM”, the commissioner stated;
“Reports reaching Government is that the appearance of armed masked men in Sienna buses this morning in parts of Onitsha caused some panic among the people.
“Truth of the matter is that those they saw were men of the Anambra State Vigilante Group (AVG).
“Following the mild tension and anxiety among the people, Government directed the Department of State Security (DSS) and the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha to join in strengthening the patrol.
“Normalcy has since returned to the commercial city. Offices and shops have since reopened.
“However, a few miscreants that tried to test the resolve of Government to protect lives and property of its people have been arrested by our security agents and they’re presently providing useful information.
“Reports from Local Government Chairmen in other parts of the State reveal that people are going about their normal businesses while their local AVGs and Joint Task Forces are on red alert.
“Anambra State Government is therefore calling on Ndi Anambra to go about their legitimate businesses without fear.
“The attached video attests to the normalcy in Onitsha and other parts of the State.
“There is no cause for alarm”, he said.
See Video below: