The Anambra state police command has assured the citizens of the state of a peaceful Sallah period and celebration.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Sam Okaula said this in an interview with journalists in his office Friday evening in Awka.
He said the police have put adequate mechanism on ground to preempt any threat to or breakdown down of peace and order during the coming Sallah period.
The assurances became necessary in view of speculations of possible premeditated herdsmen attack on the state during the period.
Reports had indicated that some herdsmen already laid siege on Umuchu community in Aguata council of the state.
From wherein they would launch onslaught on other neighboring communities, especially Akokwa community in Ideato North council of Imo state, any moment within the Sallah period.
The face off, according to reports was as a result of skirmishes some Akokwa residents had with some herdsmen last month, where some lives were allegedly lost.
Youth and the local vigilantes in the area were said to have consequently mobilized to ward off any such attacks and have sworn not to be caught unawares.
The police boss however dismissed the reported alleged plan of attack by the herdsmen, saying there was nothing like that.
He said “There is no such information available to us. We’ve just finished a meeting with Fulani leaders in the state and we all agreed that there is no threat to peace in the state.
“We don’t envisage any problem in Anambra during the ceremony and even after that the ceremony because we have put mechanism on ground to have peace in the state.
“We have intelligence reports all through the state and all indices point towards a peaceful celebration.
He therefore asked residents of the state to go about their lawful businesses, as the police were on guard round the clock prepared to secure the state. He confirmed the flash points at Ufuma, Awgbu, Umunze had been fortified already.
Meanwhile, the Vice President of Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Dauda Ajagu has called for sober reflection during the festivities.
In a press statement made available to journalists in Awka, Anambra state, Alh Ajagu said “Let’s stop blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for the present economic downturn we find ourselves.
He said: “Herdsmen should be careful with their cows while in other peoples’ community because their bad behaviors ranging from carrying sophisticated arms and invading peoples farmlands with their cows are capable of igniting another tribal war in this country. Here is an overview of a new online casino, which presents the best online slots. Come on casino-x.guru and choose the best online casino.
“Let them maintain the rules and regulations guiding peace and tranquility.
We have fought a tribal war before; we don’t want to fight again. All we need at this point in time is absolute peace”, the Muslim cleric stated.
From Chuks Collins, Awka