Police in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, have quelled what would have turned to bloody clash between two opposing groups at the Apo district of Abuja metropolis.
According to a press statement issued by the command’s spokesman, ASP Anjuguri Manzah, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu has called on residents of Apo and its environs to be law abiding and maintain calm despite the ugly incident.
ASP Manzah said the clash was averted with the timely intervention of anti-riot police personnel who were promptly deployed to the scene to save the situation from escalating.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that there was a clash between a Hausa group and their Igbo counterpart leading to burning down of some property in the early hours of yesterday, but CP Inalegwu has assured residents of the area and other parts of FCT that adequate measures had been deployed to contain the situation.
The police statement indicates that investigation is ongoing to unravel the remote and underlining issues behind the upheaval.
The FCT police chief further reiterated that any attempt to jeopardise the existing peaceful and serene atmosphere in the FCT would not be tolerated from any quarter.
He therefore enjoined residents to go about their lawful businesses without any form of apprehension, as the situation had been brought under control.
Meanwhile, ahead of the March 19 FCT area council elections, CP Inalegwu has warned individuals and groups against any attempt to manipulate or sabotage the process of electioneering.
Inalegwu stressed that trouble makers in the forthcoming area council elections should have a rethink because the command was prepared to deal with any attempt to sabotage the exercise.
Spokesman for the FCT police, ASP Manzah said in a statement that the CP issued the warning at a town hall meeting with traditional rulers, opinion leaders, and religious leaders in Bwari Area Council and its adjourning communities.
Manzah said the CP reiterated that the town hall meeting was part of the FCT Police Command’s confidence building strategy and sensitisation agenda for the council election slated for March 19, 2016.
While assuring that police personnel would be adequately deployed for the area council polls, Mr Inalegwu said the police would maintain its neutrality throughout the election process.
Speaking on behalf of the Bwari Area Council chairman, the council secretary, Honourable Luka Zamachi commended the FCT Commissioner of Police for initiating the town hall meeting which he described as timely.
He also joined other stakeholders at the meeting to commend the Bwari Divisional Police Officer, CSP Danladi Isah.

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