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South-East Governors Condemn Killing of Soldiers at Aba Checkpoint

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The South East Governors’ Forum has strongly condemned the killing of two soldiers at a checkpoint in Aba, Abia State, on Thursday morning.

The incident, which took place at Obikabia Crossroads, was reportedly carried out by suspected members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to enforce a sit-at-home policy commemorating Biafra Day.

In addition to the killings, the assailants also set fire to security patrol vehicles.

Addressing the media in Owerri, Imo State’s capital, Governor Hope Uzodimma, Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, described the attack as “unfortunate.”

“On behalf of my brother governors in the South East Governors’ Forum, I condemn that incident and the loss of the lives of soldiers who were on their duty posts,” Uzodimma stated. “Without any provocation, they were attacked by men of the underworld.”

Governor Uzodimma emphasized that this violent act is a significant setback to ongoing peace efforts in the region.

“The unfortunate thing is that it is going to act as a major setback to the peace process being pursued by the governors from the zone with the Federal Government, security agencies, and other critical stakeholders on how best to resolve the problem of security in the region,” he said.

The governor also expressed concern that such incidents tarnish the image of the people in the South East, suggesting a lack of sympathy for human life.

He extended condolences to the Chief of Army Staff and the families of the soldiers who lost their lives.

“We here in the South East will ensure that we leave no stone unturned to ensure peace needed for development in the region,” Uzodimma added. He urged security agencies to aggressively pursue those responsible for the attack and bring them to justice.

Uzodimma acknowledged that fear and memories of past violence have led people in the region to comply with the proscribed group’s directives. He encouraged residents, particularly in Imo State, to be courageous and trust in the security measures put in place.

“We have peace in Imo; I want people to go about their businesses without fear of being molested by anyone. We are after the perpetrators. Those who think we shouldn’t live should not live,” he emphasized.

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