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Abia Declares War On Kidnappers

Posted: Jun 19, 2015 at 5:51 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ben Duru — Umuahia


Kidnappers, their sponsors and other people who may be engaged in crimes in Abia State have been warned to  either turn a new leaf or relocate to other states, otherwise, the long arms of the law will catch up with them.

The Abia State Government said it will employ the latest communication gadgets available in the market to trace and bring criminals to justice.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu gave the warning when he hosted the 24-member 6th Abia State House of Assembly at the Government House, Umuahia.

Ikpeazu said the state government will not take kindly to any form of criminal activities, saying that his administration will not take kindly to those who run contrary to the law and that such people would have themselves to blame no matter how highly placed they may be in the society.

He said that he has concluded plans to submit a bill to the Abia State House of Assembly seeking to establish a Security Trust Fund. He added that with the aid of the bill, his administration would also mount close circuit televisions (CCTV) cameras on the streets to monitor movements of people in the state.

He explained that modern technology in fighting criminals has become important and effective; hence his plans to digitalise security monitoring and bring Information Communication Technology to bear on the sector as the state Government would introduce trackers in the state.

The governor described the lawmakers as strategic partners in the new Abia project, stating that history has placed a big responsibility on the shoulders of the three arms of government to raise the state to a higher level.

He challenged the lawmakers to diminish their self interests to raise the state in the eyes of others in the country, insisting that the Abia State House of Assembly can fashion out a way of doing things in the state so that others will come and borrow from them and not to borrow from others.

Earlier in his speech, the Speaker of the House and member representing Isiala Ngwa North State Constituency, Martins Azubuike said they were in the Government House to present the entire members of the Abia State House of Assembly that will partner with him to ensure that he delivers the promises he made to Abians during the elections.

According to him, the House had held its first plenary session that where they shared the aspirations of the governor, pointing out that the issue of insecurity which has been rearing its head again was discussed.

“It was the consensus opinion of the members of the House that the issue be nipped in the bud, assuring they would work with the executive and security agencies to ensure that the matted is dealt with.”

He used the opportunity to introduce the Principal Officers of the House comprising Hon Cosmos Ndukwe (PDP Bende North) Deputy Speaker, Hon Chinedum Orji (PDP Umuahia Central) Majority Leader, Hon Abraham Oba (APGA Aba Central) Minority Leader, Hon Tony Mezie Nwaubani (PDP Ukwa East) Majority Whip and Hon Chibuzo Okogbue (APGA Bende South) Minority Whip.