As part of the synergy in fighting crimes in Nigeria, the Abia State government has reportedly demolished hideouts used by kidnappers in the state. The state government demolished two bungalows at Eziala Nsulu in Isiala Ngwa North Local Council and Omalozu in Aba South Local Council.
The Security Adviser to the Governor of Abia State, Captain Awa Udensi (Rtd) who was in company of the State Commissioner of Police, CP Janet Agbede, told newsmen at one of the demolition sites that the house at Eziala-Nsulu was used by kidnappers.
He added that the Eziala Nsulu building was used to perpetrate crime, stating that a woman who was reportedly returning from a wedding with her husband was kidnapped on December 12, 2020, at Obingwa in Obingwa Local Council.
It was gathered that the police had rescued her on December 21, 2020, from the demolished building when information on her whereabouts was given to the police.
According to the police, the kidnapped woman was chained inside the building allegedly owned by one Joseph Ihemere, while her abductors demanded N10 million for her release.
Security Adviser to the State Governor, Capt. Awa Udensi (rtd.), said with the cooperation of the local vigilante and the community, three of the five suspects were arrested.
Captain Awa stated that the demolition was carried out in compliance with state laws on criminalities, including kidnapping. He insisted that he demolition would serve as a deterrent to those who use their houses or avail their houses as kidnappers’ hideouts.
Still speaking, the Special adviser revealed that the Police had in February, arrested three suspected criminals and recovered locally made riffles at the second building located at Omalozu Avenue, off Uratta Road, Aba.
The Security Adviser explained that the decision was made following the laws of the state enacted by the Abia State House of Assembly, the penalty for kidnapping is death upon conviction, while any building used as a hideout for kidnappers would be demolished in line with the law.
He further urged residents to protect houses that are not in current use to them in order to to fall victim of loss if being used as dens for kidnappers.
He said the present government under the leadership of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has zero tolerance for crime, stating that the Governor had ensured synergy between the government and security agencies in the State towards protecting its citizens as well as business operators in the State.
Captain Udensi urged landlords and tenants of the state to help the police curb crime by reporting anyone with suspicious movement amongst them to the police to face justice.