By Eric Ugbor
ABAâ€”Traders at the popular Ariaria market in Aba, Abia state have condemned the recent move in some quarters to remove the chairman of Abia State Vigilance Service, Chief Udonsi Uma, even as theyÂ appealed to the state government to provide adequate logistics support to the Vigilance service, otherwise called Bakassi boy, to enable them fight crime effectively in the state.
Speaking against the backdrop of the increasing crime wave in Aba , Umuahia and other parts of the state, the group said that Bakassi boys were the committed to arrest the state of insecurity but noted that the outfit was grossly under-equipped.
It recalled that the vigilance group performed creditably well in stamping out crime in Aba during the administration of Dr. Orji Kalu â€œbecause of the enormous financial and logistics support it received from the Governor.â€
Evaluating the performance of the present leadership of Bakassi boys under Chief Uma, the spokesman of Traders Alert, Mr. Jude Ekweremadu, expressed regrets that the some government functionaries were undermining the efforts of Governor Theodore Orji in crime prevention.
He said that the Governor had demonstrated genuine interest in the governmentâ€™s collaboration with Bakassi in the war against criminals but warned that â€œcertain elements in government are frustrating the collaboration for their selfish interest.