Ashaka residents begin self-imposed curfew after attack on Police Station
By Nosa Akenzua,
Following the recent burning down of Ashaka Police Station by yet unidentified gunmen, residents of the commercial Community have resorted to self-imposed curfew as they attempt to recover from the rude shock caused by the traumatic incident which left several police vehicles and administrative block of the security outfit razed by fire.
Some of the residents who spoke to our correspondent, Mr. Godwin Ezekiel explained that their choice of remaining in doors from 7pm.was for safety as no one knows the next targets or where the hoodlums are hiding adding, that precaution and safety consciousness were needed, considering the present insecurity plaguing the country including Ashaka town.
It was gathered that Ashaka Police Station on Wednesday morning was allegedly deserted by policemen as the officers on duty were rather seen under mango trees discussing the incident with fear, while some persons who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity said that the horrific attack on the police station was too massive with properties worth millions of naira destroyed, including the killing of some policemen who were on duty during the attack that lasted few hours
Investigations by Orient Weekend revealed that during nightfall, motorists including passersby are in a hurry to return to their rooms while doors are shut against anyone who doesn’t return home early enough until the following morning before they can be opened.
The State’s Commissioner of Police, Ari Muhammad Ali in the state who spoke to Journalists on Thursday said, “We have drafted hundreds of policemen to help Join the ones at the station with a view to ensuring that residents can sleep with their two eyes closed. We are doing a lot better to ensure that those behind the nefarious activities are brought to arrest”
Meanwhile, the people of Ndokwa East Local Government Area have been cautioned against causing crisis especially members of royal families and Kingmakers in Aboh and Ibrede Kingdoms to follow the due process in installing new kings for their people. Mr. Juan Governor who spoke to Journalists in the area noted that the palace chiefs and particularly members of royal families and King Makers would be held responsible in any case of breach of peace, security and orderliness of the society.
While lifting the ban on holding of all sorts of meeting at the palaces, the council boss, explained that he took the earlier action owning to intelligent report of purported threat to peace, security orderliness with the Kingdoms adding that past glory of the Kingdoms must be returned
He noted that the Gazette which established their stool specified wards A and B which can be changed by a sitting King, adding that that the Ibrede Kingship tussle was beyond his capacity and thereby referred the matter to the security agencies in the area’