Army reopens Bannex plaza, apprehend 2 suspects

The Nigerian Army Monday says it would reopened Banex Plaza in Wuze two area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT ).

The plaza was closed after an attack by unidentified hoodlums on Nigerian Army personnel on Saturday 18 May 2024.

Army spokesperson Major General Onyema Nwachuckwu in a statement, disclosed that two suspects have been arrested and handed over to the headquarters of the Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police for further action.

According to him, the plaza was reopened following a meeting convened by the National Security Adviser and was attended by the Principal General Staff Officer to the NSA, Commissioner of Police FCT, the FCT Director of the Department of State Services, the Leadership and Management of Banex Plaza, a Representative from the Directorate of Abuja Environmental Protection Board, and the National Chairman of the Mobile Phone Traders Association.

He said the primary objective of the meeting was to identify and apprehend the perpetrators and ensure the continued security of the Federal Capital Territory.

He said the following resolutions were agreed upon during the meeting.

“Immediate reopening of Banex Plaza: Banex Plaza will be reopened immediately to the public.

“Closure of Shop C93: The leadership of Banex Plaza is instructed to lock up Shop C93 with immediate effect.

“Arrest of Perpetrators: The owners of the shop who orchestrated the mob attack on the soldiers are to be arrested and handed over to the Nigerian Police.

” Vigilance by Market Leaders: Market leaders are to remain vigilant and report any remaining perpetrators to the authorities,” he said.

He also said the Nigerian Army will also thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the presence of its personnel at the plaza and the subsequent attack.

“It must be reiterated that acts of violence against military personnel are not only condemnable but also pose a significant threat to national security and public order.

“We therefore urge members of the public to exercise caution and restraint when interacting with military personnel and other security operatives, especially when they are in uniform. There are established channels for reporting grievances or misconduct by personnel to the appropriate authorities.

“It is imperative that these channels are utilized to maintain order and respect for those who serve and protect our nation.

“The Nigerian Army remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of all citizens and will continue to work diligently to prevent such incidents in the future,” Nwachuckwu said.

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