Imo state government has deployed 40 policemen to guard Ama Hausa, a predominantly Hausa settlement in Owerri, in the wake of attacks.
Sulaiman Sulaiman, a senior special assistant to Imo Governor Hope Uzodimma on gender and vulnerable persons, told Daily Trust in Owerri that the deployment was to provide security to prevent reprisals.
Sulaiman, who is also the Garkwa Hausa (Shield of Hausa community), said that the people have been sensitized on the need to live in peace with their neighbours.
While decrying the spate of attacks on police formations, Sulaiman agreed with Uzodimma that the attacks were politically motivated.
He said that members of the community were not contemplating any action, especially the recent killing of seven suya sellers in Orlu as they have taken it as an act of God.
He dismissed insinuations that attacks by perpetrated by men of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), saying that the attacks were carried out by unknown gunmen who were sponsored by some politicians to create rancour between among the various tribes in the country.
“We have taken everything as the will of Allah. To Him we come and to Him we shall return. Some of us have been here for decades. Even our grandparents were here over 150 years ago. So we see yourselves as indigenes of the state and so there is no need to fight or create recriminations between us.”
Sulaiman advised those in the north threatening attack on Igbo interests in the north not to play into the antics of politicians who are not happy when there is peace in the country.
He described Imo as the most peaceful state for northerners to live in Nigeria.