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Obi reads riot act to robbers, kidnappers

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—GOVERNOR Peter Obi of Anambra State yesterday warned armed robbers and kidnappers operating in the state, especially in the commercial city of Onitsha, that his administration would take a decisive decision concerning them if they continued with their criminal activities.

The Governor, who spoke during the flag-off of the second Onitsha Business Park, also warned commercial motorcyclists popularly known as Okada to fish out the criminals among them or face the ban of commercial motorcycle operation in the commercial cities of the state.

According to the Governor,  the activities of the armed robbers that operate with Okada have caused the state great loss of lives and properties, as hoodlums have infiltrated the Okada business and hide under it to kill and rob innocent people.

“Those who live and do business in Onitsha may not be happy with what is happening in the city. I appeal for calm as we have decided to handle the issue headlong.

We recall that the situation was like this during the Bakassi era and by the grace of God, we were able to handle it. The good thing is that we have been apprehending all those involved in kidnaping in the state.

“We are going to match the armed robbers operating in the state power for power. None of them will operate and go free in the state any longer because they do not have monopoly of violence.  We are equally warning the commercial motorcyclists to fish out the criminals among them or face ban of the Okada business.

One more armed robbery involving Okada rider will attract a ban of the business and  I want their leaders to take note of this warning and call their members to order,”  Obi said.

He disclosed that of all the kidnap cases recorded in the state, none of the kidnappers  escaped arrest, adding, “it will interest you to know that those who kidnaped Chief Paul  Okonwo, the Chairman of Pokobros Group of Companies have all been arrested, and the law of the state says death penalty for such offence”.


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