House of Representatives at plenary on Tuesday said killer herdsmen, bandits, and other criminals have taken over all roads leading to Isuikwuato and Umunneochi Local Government Areas of Abia State.
According to This Day Live, The House, urged the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu, to prioritise the security of those local government areas and arrest the criminals terrorising the areas. The house said that the criminals were robbing, maiming, kidnapping, and killing citizens, and if an urgent step is not taken, the situation would degenerate into chaos and lawlessness.
Moving the motion titled “Need to Address the worsening Security situation in Isuikwato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency, Abia State”, the sponsor and deputy chief whip of the house,Nkiru Onyejiocha informed the house that a former Chairman was attacked in that same area, in October 2020
Onyejiocha stated that while the state Assembly member was lucky to have escaped unharmed with a bullet-ridden vehicle, the Transition Committee Chairman paid a ransom to regain his freedom from the kidnappers. According to her, there has not been a single day in the last five months that there were no reported cases of abductions, robberies, theft or some form of criminality in and around the two local government areas.
The lawmaker lamented that the people in the community no longer go to their farms or engage in other means of gaining livelihood for fear of being abducted, raped or killed by herdsmen and criminals who have taken over their farmlands and roads.
Moreso, The house urged the various security agencies to collaborate for the purpose of ensuring a safe and conducive environment in the constituency as well as bringing a stop to the reign of killer herdsmen.