Banex Plaza reopened, Shop C93 to remain shut

Banex Plaza reopened, Shop C93 to remain shut

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The popular Banex Plaza has been opened following a meeting between the army and top government officials.

But, Shop C93 to remain closed and the owner who allegedly orchestrated the mob attack on the soldiers be arrested.

Maj. General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations, disclosed this in his update on the closure of the Plaza.

it will be recalled that two army personnel were attacked by unidentified hoodlums at Banex Plaza, Wuse, Abuja, on Saturday 18 May 2024, leading to the closure of the Plaza on Sunday 19 May 2024.

Nwachukwu disclosed that a high-level meeting was convened in the Office of the National Security Adviser including 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 added, “The primary objective of this meeting was to identify and apprehend the perpetrators and ensure the continued security of the Federal Capital Territory.”

He said the meeting reached a resolutions which include, “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.”

Nwachukwu further stated that the two individuals already arrested have been handed over to the headquarters of the Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police for further action.

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

He also added, “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.”

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