Amid unrest, reps postpone constitution review hearing in Owerri indefinitely

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The house of representatives has postponed the zonal public hearing on constitution review scheduled to hold in Owerri, Imo state capital, indefinitely.

Idris Wase, deputy speaker and chairman of the house special committee on constitution review, announced this in a statement on Sunday.

The regional hearing which covers Imo and Abia states was billed to hold on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The postponement follows a series of violent attacks recorded in Imo.

Wase said: “The house of representatives special committee on constitution review zonal public hearing scheduled to take place in Owerri, has been suspended until further notice.

“The committee regrets any inconveniences this might cause our esteemed invited guests, stakeholders and the general public.”

At least four violent attacks occurred in Imo state in the last 48 hours, including on Sunday morning when gunmen killed Ahmed Gulak, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In the past 24 hours, two police stations, magistrates and high courts, and a community health centre have been attacked in the state.

An office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Njaba LGA was also razed — the second in one week.

The sit-at-home order issued by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the region is also spreading fear among residents.

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