By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia â€” Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State has directed the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Jonathan Johnson, to carry out a thorough investigation into how and why policemen invaded a community in Osisioma, near Aba and molested the residents.
This followed different reports on the incident, which took place last weekend.
There was a report of armed robbery attack by a gang of hoodlums, who were said to have robbed banks and business outfits. The police were said to have engaged them in a gun battle which resulted in the gang vandalising a Police Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC.
Apparently, angered by this or for other reasons yet unknown, the police were said to have embarked on what the government described as â€œill-advised vendetta leading to the molestation of people around the Osisioma area and the destruction of vehicles and property.â€
Reacting to the development, Abia State government in statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mazi Donatus Okorie, condemned the police attack on the community, saying that it was ill-advised and a vendetta.
Expressing regrets over the attack, the government â€œcommended the people of Osisioma for remaining calm in the face of obvious provocations and not allowing the matter degenerate to crisis proportion despite incitements by certain elements.â€