By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Armed Soldiers from the Minna based Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command, (TRADOC), were on Friday stationed in parts of Minna, the Niger state capital on sentinel.
The soldiers were positioned on streets in parts of the metropolis including the popular Mobil roundabout, the Kpakungu roundabout and along parts of the road to the Minna central market, the Obasanjo Shopping Complex located on the neck of a roundabout, metres away from the Minna Central Mosque and in Bosso area to preempt trouble makers from hatching any chaos.
The step was part of the proactive measures taken by the state government to stem reprisal attacks on none indigenes as rumours of unprovoked attacks on northerners by members of the restive Indigenous People of Biafra in Abia and other parts of the South East spread.
The state government had earlier on Friday at dawn issued stern warning to possible trouble makers in parts of the state who may want to disrupt the peace and tranquility in the state as the rumours of the attacks on northerners in the south eastern state of Abia and elsewhere in the eastern region of the country made the rounds.
The government statement which was repeatedly aired on radio, warned against rumour mongering and all forms of hate expressions, reprisal attacks and panic causing.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello had while assuring all citizens in the state, stressed that Niger state was home to all Nigerians irrespective of their ethnic extractions just as he assured Igbos and their properties of protection.
Some of the soldiers were seen with horse whips and guns but no any incident was recorded as at the time of filing this report late Friday afternoon.
Citizens went about their legitimate businesses. Shops and markets and other commercial activities were running normal businesses even as the detachment of soldiers patrolled the city centre, streets and places with usually high density population of daily business.
The usual Friday, Juma’at prayers were observed at major mosques in parts of the state capital without any hitch or stand up recorded in any part of the state capital.