ABSG Releases Emergency Call Lines, As Govt, BIM-MASSOB Sends Strong Warning To IPOB, Splinter Groups Over Illegal Enforcement Of Sit-at-home … ASCETA Boss Makes Clarifications
By Our Reporter
The Abia State Government has released emergency call lines, following the lingering illegal enforcement of sit-at-home orders by a group of hoodlums hiding under the identify of agitators in the Southeast.
In a release made available to newsmen in Umuahia by the Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, the government advised Abia residents to promptly report any individual or group that attempts to harass, molest, intimidate or stop law abiding citizens, especially the school children, from exercising their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of movement to the police.
The numbers released from the government are: 08035415405, 08079210003, 0807921000 and 08079210005.
Categorically, the government said it is unacceptable to allow any individual or group to instil fear in the residents to the extent of negatively impacting the education of innocent school children who are billed to write the compulsory English examination of the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) on Monday, 13th September and Tuesday, 14th September, and on the rights of other law abiding citizens.
The government advised parents to ensure that their children go to the examination centres for their papers while teachers and examination supervisors are to ensure the protection of the children before, during and after the examinations.
The government also encouraged Abians to go about their normal duties without fear of molestation as necessary measures have been put in place to protect them.
Recall that the Biafra Independence Movement of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, BIM-MASSOB has described the IPOB and other splinter groups sit-at-home orders, as it is frustrating and against the people’s wish.
The group insisted that it is working against the Biafra struggle and sabotaging the selfless efforts of Uwazuruike, as one cannot force people to sit-at-home with threats, which according to them is anti-Biafra struggle.
In another development, the Provost of Abia state College of Education, Technical, Arochukwu, ASCETA Dr. Phillips Nto has debunked media reports that four staff of the institution died of hunger as a result of non payment of salaries, noting that out of four Staff alleged to have died of starvation, three had already left the services of the college while there had not been an autopsy by the family of the serving staff to determine actual cause of death.
Dr Nto also described as untrue the allegation by a section of the staff that workers were being owed 32 months arrears of salaries, disclosing that the state government is making serious efforts to pay genuine workers of ASCETA.