NORMALCY has been restored in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital after the peaceful #EndSARS protest degenerated into violence Thursday afternoon.
Our reporter who went round major roads in the State capital on Saturday morning saw residents making use of the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) at Access Bank on Wellington Bassey Way and First Bank PLC on Aka Road, as early as 7:25am, a pointer to the fact that business activities had resumed in full swing.
However, there were patrol vehicles of men of the Nigerian Army with a sizeable number of armed-to-the-teeth officers at strategic locations notably; Ikot Ekpene Road opposite De- Choice Shopping Mall, entrance of Wellington Bassey Way, Nwaniba Road/Oron Road roundabout, Aka Road by Ibom Plaza among other locations.
Shop owners along Aka Road, Wellington Bassey Way, Abak Road, Ikot Ekpene Road, Nwaniba Road among others were opened up for businesses even as motorists and other road users were moving freely and unhindered.
Recall that the State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel in a State wide broadcast last night had warned miscreants who hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest and perpetrated ‘evil’ to stay away from the oil rich State.
The State Chief Executive had commended Akwa Ibom youths for the patriotism and resilience they displayed in the protection and defence of private and Government assets during the pandemonium.
Meanwhile, Police in the State have assured that no miscreant who destroyed property and carted away peoples’ valuables on Thursday would escape the long arm of the law.
Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Command, CP Amiengheme Andrew, on Friday, while parading suspects arrested in connection to the violence alongside stolen items, stressed that his men were battle ready and will not allow anyone to derail the peaceful nature of the State henceforth.