Some police officers have been deployed to guard Ama Awusa, a settlement dominated by northerners in Owerri, Imo State capital.
Senior Special Assistant to Governor Hope Uzodimma on Gender and Vulnerable Persons (men), Sulaiman Ibrahim Sulaiman told Daily Trust that adequate security had been provided to prevent further attacks in the state.
Sulaiman who said the people have been sensitised on the need to live in peace with their neighbours, added that northerners in the state are not contemplating to carry out reprisal, especially on the recent killing of seven traders as they have taken it as an act of God.
“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 also advised those in the North threatening attack on Igbo interests in the North not to play into the hands of politicians who are not happy when there is peace in the country.