Fear gripped residents of Afikpo town , in the Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State on Tuesday following a letter allegedly written to banks in the community by armed robbers, notifying them of a planned visit to the community .
The police , army and other security agents in the state were said to have been mobilised to the town to repel the imminent attack .
Our correspondent, who visited the area , saw policemen and soldiers in their operational vehicles stationed at strategic locations in the community , including the entry and exit points .
The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Afikpo North LGA, Mrs Amuche Otunta , could not confirm the letter as of the time of filing this report , but said, “ All I know is that there is a security threat in my local government area ” .
“ Have you called the DPO? Who did the robbers address the letter to? Hear from the DPO , he is the chief security officer of the local government . You said a letter was written to the community by robbers, I don’ t know the community that received it .
“ But to that extent , I know there is a security threat and I don ’ t know whether a letter was written by robbers or not, ” she added .
The Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer , Mrs Loveth Odah, did not take her calls when our correspondent tried to reach her for confirmation .
However, a senior police officer in Afikpo, who spoke to PUNCH Metro on condition of anonymity, confirmed the letter.
He said, “ You saw how we have strategised based on the tip -off ? They have not come yet . We have put our men on the alert in all the beaches ; Ozizza beach , Ndibe beach , on the road , everywhere , including junctions . We are still on ground even now and we are strategising ; our men are everywhere in the town .A youth leader in the area , Eze Egwu, said the robbers wrote to the community .
He noted that policemen and soldiers had taken over the area .
Asked if community youths had formed a vigilance group to protect the area , Egwu said , “ How can you be waiting for a well armed man with sticks in the night or day in the name of security? We cannot risk our lives ; it is only God that secures a city .
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