By Ugochukwu Alaribe
ABA—TWO days after Gov.Okezie Ikpeazu announced a million Naira gift for anybody who offers information on kidnapping, the Abia state government has demolished kidnappers’ hideouts in Ugwunagbo council area of the state.
The five demolished buildings, located in Asa Umunka and Mkpukpuevula communities, were being used to keep kidnap victims until ransom is paid.
Speaking at the occasion, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu who was accompanied by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade and the Commanding Officer, 144 Battalion, Asa, Lt. Col. Kassim Umar Sidi, stated that Abia is not safe for kidnappers as his administration will do all within its powers to protect lives and property.
Ikpeazu who saluted the gallantry of the security agencies in killing and arresting some kidnappers, vowed that the full weight of the law would be visited on anybody involved in kidnapping in the state and warned landlords to ensure that they protect their buildings and premises from being used as hideouts by kidnappers.
He said, “This is to sound a note of warning to those who are involved in the kidnapping business within the confines of the state. I salute the gallantry of men and officers of the security agencies. There is a total war on kidnapping and other violent crimes. Anybody caught will face the full weight of the law. Nobody should allow his property or his premises to be used for kidnapping. Abia citizens are urged to come forth with information about kidnappers to the security agencies. Those who have pieces of information can also drop them to me through text messages.I assure them of confidentiality”
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade, said the owners of the demolished buildings were kidnappers who abducted two staff of a brewery company in Aba and were intercepted by the Police at the Orji Uzor Kalu Bridge.
He disclosed that another set of hoodlums were arrested during a robbery incident in Aba, and urged residents of the state to