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Obi reads riot act to traditional rulers over rising crime wave

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA – Governor Peter Obi,  yesterday read riot act to traditional rulers and town union executives over the state of insecurity in the state, warning that any of them who failed to detect and report to appropriate authorities, any criminal activity that took place in their communities would be held responsible for the crime and subsequently reported to the Federal Government for appropriate punishment.

He spoke in Onitsha at a stakeholders’ meeting on security with various segments of Anambra people.

The Governor lamented that most of the criminals, who are either indigenes or strangers, mingle with the people, use their uncompleted buildings for their criminal activities, buy their foods and drinks from the people without the people alerting law enforcement agencies.

In some cases, he observed, they use their ill-gotten monies to build houses in their various communities, take chieftaincy titles and receive accolades from the same people, who had fallen victim of their criminal activities.

According to him, “this state of affairs is now unacceptable”, adding that it was embarrassing for any  royal father or town union executive to allow his community to be used by the vicious kidnappers and robbers as hideouts and safe haven for their criminal activities without being detected by community vigilante groups.


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