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Banex Plaza reopening: How we reached agreement Brig.-Gen. Onyema

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The Nigerian Army said it announced the reopening of the Banex Plaza in Abuja following a high-level meeting with security agencies, plaza management, and traders associations,

Persecondnews recalls that a reported clash between soldiers and unidentified individuals led to the plaza’s closure for ten days on May 18.

Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the director of Army Public Relations, stated in a statement on Monday that the meeting’s goal was to identify and apprehend those responsible for the attack on military personnel.

Onyema said: “The decision to reopen the plaza signifies a resolution, with the understanding that the plaza management will cooperate with investigations.”

He said that Shop C93, allegedly linked to the incident, will be closed indefinitely, and that its owners will be apprehended by the police.

According to Onyema, market leaders should remain vigilant and report any remaining perpetrators to the authorities. The Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police headquarters has received the two individuals already arrested for further action.

“The Nigerian Army will also thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the presence of its personnel at the plaza and the subsequent attack.”

According to Onyema, those present in the meeting included the Principal General Staff Officer to the NSA, the Commissioner of Police FCT, and the FCT Director of the Department of State Services.

Also present are the leadership and management of Banex Plaza, a representative from the Directorate of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, and the National Chairman of the Mobile Phone Traders Association.

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