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.
Senior police officer in Afikpo, who spoke to PUNCH Metro on condition of anonymity, confirmed the letter.