Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has warned against the wanton destruction of public property in the state, warning that henceforth, this will no more be accepted.
Reacting to the burning of some part of Isialangwa South local government headquarters in Omoba in the early hours of Thursday, the governor charged the security agencies to fish out those responsible for the dastardly act.
In a statement signed by Secretary to State Government, Barr. Chris Ezem on Thursday, Ikpeazu stated that the government does not intend to spend public fund in rebuilding damaged assets in the state.
“Government attention has been drawn to the unfortunate burning of parts of Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area Headquarters in the early hours of this morning by unknown arsonists.
“Based on the foregoing, Government hereby directs law enforcement agents to investigate, apprehend and diligently prosecute all those behind the dastardly act.
“Government also strongly condemns in its entirety such act of wanton destruction of public property and will leave no stone unturned in bringing those behind such act to book.
“It is pertinent to state that Government does not wish to expend public fund in rebuilding the burnt facility so as to serve as a stark reminder to those behind the arson of their folly.
“Let it be stated clearly that if the intention of the arsonists was to hinder or stop today’s PDP LGA Chairmanship primary, they have failed abysmally as the primary will go ahead as scheduled. The government will not give in to the antics of destructive elements.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Government wishes to state that no other development will be carried out in the affected LGA until the structure is restored.
“It, therefore, becomes the responsibility of all citizens particularly those of Isiala Ngwa South LGA to cooperate with law enforcement agents in their efforts to unravel the identity of those behind the unfortunate act,” he said.