By Chidi Nkwopara
Scores of youths believed to be loyalists of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, have laid siege to Owerri, the Imo State capital and virtually halted traffic in some of the major roads in the municipality.
Our roving Correspondent who monitored the situation Thursday afternoon, observed that their major interest was the Owerri-Port Harcourt federal highway, where the office of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is located.
Vanguard similarly noticed on hearing that INEC was going to conduct the run-off poll in Ngor Okpala, APGA loyalists hired several commercial buses, raced to the area and also laid siege to Umuneke, the local government headquarters.
APGA loyalists, made up largely of youths, heard that some independent observers wanted to brief the press in Dreamland Hotel, Owerri, they not only surged to the place but also attacked innocent guests until they were sacked by security operatives.
Confirming the development in a telephone interview, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Linus Nwaiwu, a deputy superintendent of police, DSP, said the Command has deployed its men in all the strategic places in the state.
“We have deployed our men in all the strategic places to ensure that the peace prevailing in the state was not disturbed. This is our constitutional duty and we are determined to maintain it”, Nwaiwu said.
On whether the Command had made an arrests, the PPRO he was yet to get any such brief but quickly warned parents and guardians to put their children and wards in check to avoid any unpleasant consequences.