The killings in Imo State have attracted the attention of the Governor of the State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha. He sent his Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor on Media, Uche Onwuchekwa to the community where the clash occurred. He condemned the killings and declared that the Government will do everything in their power to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order. Prince Madumere also representing the Governor paid a visit to the bereaved families. In his address to the people of Akokwa he said:
“I am here on behalf my leader, of our Governor, His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to confer with the people of Akokwa and its residents over the unfortunate incidents that took human lives yesterday.
“We totally condemn the unfortunate and avoidable incidents. We want to call on all and sundry to be calm and law abiding. We assure you that measures have been taken to ensure that the situation is brought under control. Security agencies have deployed their men to beef up security and to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order.”
What lead to the clash between the Igbo and Fulani men in Imo State
He futher added that, “Violence is barbaric and unacceptable means of settling disputes and is condemned by the civilized world. It is equally regarded as evil when violence is carried out in a manner that shows hatred of our neighbours, whether it is based on tribe, race, or religion. Every Nigerian irrespective of his place of origin or how he worships should be safe and at home in other parts of Nigeria.”
He also commends the army,police and other security agencies that were quick to repond to calm the area and forestalll law and order. He described such efforts as pathriotic. He also commented that the ugly incident had nothong to do with the fulani herdsmen but a case of homicide caused by a violent man.
The police commissioner in the State Mr Taiwo Lakanu have encouraged the resident to go about their normal lives and that the police will ensure that unscrupulous elements will not take advantage of the situation to perpetrate their unholy acts.