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Abia State: Kidnapp-For- Ransom, Otti Declared Total War, Made Shocking Revelations


There has been a decline in the rate of kidnapping in Abia State in the last six months.
Before Governor Alex Otti came on board on May 29, 2023, kidnap-for-ransom was almost a daily occurrence in parts of the state, especially in Umunneochi and Isuikwuato areas.

The perpetrators had equally fleeced families of their victims as millions of naira were demanded and collected as ransom.

Piqued by the situation, Otti, shortly after taking power, declared total war on the menace.
He launched Operation Crush with specific instruction to security agents involved in the operation to go after the kidnappers.

The outfit paid off as security operatives took the battle to the camp of the criminals.
First, shanties at the Regional Cattle Market, Lokpanta, alleged to be providing harbour for criminals were demolished.

The move met resistance but the state government insisted on fencing the market as a necessary security measure.
Otti made a shocking revelation that over 50 decomposing headless bodies were discovered around the area, insisting that the entire vicinity must be placed under surveillance for the good of all.

Today, the fencing project has commenced and kidnapping around the entire Umunneochi axis has drastically reduced.
There has been no reported case of kidnapping around the area since the yuletide unlike the situation about four months ago.

However, there are pockets of kidnapping around Umuahia, the state capital, and parts of Aba metropolis.
Just last week, a tunnel where kidnappers allegedly kept their victims around Lokpanta, was discovered by security operatives.

Shortly before last Christmas, four kids belonging to the same parents were stolen by a tricycle operator conveying them to school.
Despite efforts by security operatives, these children are yet to be recovered.
Similarly, a new female tenant escaped with four children belonging to her neighbours at Ubakala Street, Umuahia.
One of the suspects was later arrested and two of the victims recovered.

Efforts are still on to arrest other members of the syndicate and rescue the remaining victims.
When contacted for statistics of kidnap incidents in the state during the period under review, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Moureen Chinaka, begged for time to gather the figures.

On the total amount paid as ransom, the PPRO said the incidents in their records were the ones rescued by police, adding that no ransom payment was involved.

In a related development, the management of Abia State University Uturu, ABSU, has“confirmed the kidnap of its Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Godwin Emezue.“Registrar of the institution, Dr Acho Elendu, who confirmed it to Sunday Vanguard, described the incident as unfortunate.“He said information was still sketchy about the incident, adding that the attack took place around his village.“Meanwhile, it was gathered that the gunmen abducted the DVC at a filling station around Umuekwule, Amachara, in Umuahia South Local Government Area.“He was said to be with his wife when the incident occurred.

“According to an eyewitness account, Emezue was whisked away by no fewer than three men, who dragged him into a Lexus SUV and collected his wife’s ATM card.

“The wife was quoted as saying the abductors sped off and raced towards the Imo-Abia border towards Malaysian market.“Efforts to contact the police for confirmation were not successful as the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Moureen Chinaka, did not pick calls put across to her.“The Commissioner of Police Kenechukwu Onwuemelie did not also pick calls put across to him.(Vanguard)

Source: Hardcore News (Headline)

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