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Gov Otti places N25m bounty on killers of 5 soldiers in Aba


The Governor Alex Otti-led Abia State government has announced a N25 million bounty for information leading to the arrest of the gunmen responsible for the murder of five soldiers at Obikabia Junction, Ogbor Hill, Aba.

The attack, which occurred on Thursday, also saw the assailants burn two patrol vans and a military checkpoint before escaping with the soldiers’ rifles.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Prince Okey Kanu, the state government condemned the attack, extending condolences to the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, and the military high command. The government expressed sorrow over the loss of the soldiers, who were killed while on active duty.

“As a government committed to security, safety, and peace, the Abia State Government considers the event of Thursday, May 30, 2024, a serious affront to its resolve by criminal elements intent on returning Abia to a state of insecurity and fear, particularly in Aba,” the statement read. “This is especially regrettable given the significant investments made in the past year to restore the city’s infrastructure and attract investment.”

To demonstrate its resolve, the government is offering N25 million to anyone providing information that leads to the arrest of the perpetrators. Security agencies have been instructed to ensure the confidentiality of informants to encourage cooperation.

Additionally, the state government pledged support for the families of the slain soldiers, including stipends for spouses and education for their children up to university level. The government also praised the Nigerian Army’s professionalism in responding to the attack and urged continued restraint and cooperation among security personnel.

The statement further called on traditional rulers to establish local intelligence mechanisms and share any new information with security agencies.

The government reiterated its commitment to protecting lives and property and warned that any attempts to disrupt the peace would be met with full resistance.

“Abia will remain hospitable to law-abiding citizens and businesses, while being hostile to those whose actions threaten our communities’ peace and security,” the statement concluded.


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