From Abubakar Abdullahi, Lafia
Igbo Community Association (ICA), Nasarawa State Chapter, has expressed its determination to partner the state Police Command to ensure peaceful coexistence.
State President General of the Association, Engr Micheal Agbai, stated this during a courtesy call to the Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Sadiq-Bello in Lafia, the state capital.
According to Agbai, the entire Igbo people in the state would continue to support the police and the government of the day in exploring means of achieving absolute peace at all times.
“We would always do our part by informing the police of any sign or acts capable of disrupting peace and harmony of our host communities.
“We directed all branches in the 13 Local Government Areas to partner their host communities and participate in the development of the state
through economic activities and building structures.
“We have co-habited with Hausas, Fulani’s, Yoruba’s, and other ethnic groups peacefully for hundreds of years and we see the entire country as own village that is why our people have investment everywhere,” he added.
He assured the police that no Igbo man in the state would go to
anywhere as directed by the Arewa Youths, adding that they believed in one indivisible Nigeria.
The President however, raises alarm over the influx of unidentified persons to Lafia the state capital and other parts of the state and urged the security agencies to check the trends.
Agbai therefore appealed to the police to beef up security in commercials areas and markets in order to protect traders and their properties against criminals.
Responding, State Commissioner of Police Abubakar Bello-Sadiq expressed gratitude the Igbo community for the visit and urged them to always give useful information on suspicious movement persons or activities.
Sadiq-Bello assured them that the police would do everything possible to protect them alongside other members of the public and called on them not to panic.
“You can stay anywhere as a Nigerian as long as you are doing a lawful business, be rest assured that the police would always be there for you,” he said.
He gave them the following numbers to call anytime they are in distress 08108795930, 08112692680, 08123821571 respectively.
He therefore called on all criminal elements in the state to desist before being caught as there would be no hiding place for them.