The government of Abia State has refuted claims of apprehending youths and elders summoned for a peace dialogue.
Alex Otti, the Abia governor, reportedly detained several youths and elders who were invited for peace talks regarding the construction of the Port Harcourt-Aba Road.
The social media reports highlighted the actions of the youth and elders from a particular clan in the state, who barricaded a construction site in pursuit of a settlement.
They were said to have been invited by the governor to have a peace talk but were arrested, and the construction company was ordered to continue with the project.
Meanwhile, Dodoh Okafor, the senior special assistant to the governor on public communication, stated on Monday that the governor did not apprehend anyone about the commencement of the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Port Harcourt-Aba Road.
He said residents of the state are grateful for the governor’s efforts in rehabilitating the abandoned road after it collapsed in the 1990s.
Okafor assured residents that the government is committed to restoring the reputation of the state as a hub for economic activities.