The people of Afikpo in Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi State are currently under palpable fear following a letter reportedly written by robbers notifying them of their planned operation in the area.
The robbers also wrote similar letters to one of the old generation banks in the ancient city. The development has thrown the city into serious tension.
Nigeria Police Force, Army, and other security agencies have since mobilized their men to the area to avert any possible attack by the robbers.
When our reporter visited the area on Tuesday, policemen and the soldiers were seen, stationed in strategic positions with their operational vehicles at all the entry and exit points of the LGA.
The Caretaker Committee Chairmen of the local government, Mrs. Amuche Otunta, could not open up to Journalists but confirmed there was a security threat in the area.
She said, “All I know is that there is a security threat in my local government.”
“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 a reasonable extent, I know there is a security threat and I don’t know whether a letter was written by robbers or not”, she said.
But, a senior police officer serving in Afikpo who did not want his name in print said, “you saw how we strategized based on the tip-off, but they didn’t come again. We have put our men on alert in all the beaches; Ozizza beach, Ndibe beach, on the road, everywhere including junctions.
“We are still on the ground even now. We are still on ground strategizing, and our men are still everywhere in the town”.
A youth leader in the area, Eze Egwu confirmed that robbers wrote to the community, informing them of their planned operation.
He told our Reporter that policemen and soldiers have been in the area to protect them from the robbers.
Armed robbers had in the past, attacked the community, and the Commercial bank located there-in and carted away millions of naira. Many residents sustained varying degrees of bullet injuries during the attack. Efforts to reach State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah, failed.