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Abia moves against kidnappers

By Anayo Okoli

Umuahia—Abia State Government has established a tracking system to monitor the movement of kidnappers in the state, with a view to arresting them wherever they may take their victims.

Governor Theodore Orji, who disclosed this in Umuahia when he met with the new executives of  Aba Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA), explained that the tracking system would alert the government of the movement of kidnappers through their phones.

Orji further explained that three masts located at Aba, Umuahia and Ohafia were installed   for the purpose and would cover the entire state.

According to him, the government is, in addition to the tracking system, negotiating to bring in a helicopter to assist in the fight against crime.

The Governor said that his administration has established contact with some kidnappers whom he said have agreed to lay down their arms if their protection was assured.

Governor Orji, who charged residents of the state to pay their taxes, noted that the ultimate aim of his government was to increase its internally generated revenue.

In his speech, the new ACCIMA president, Chief Azuka Alagwu, explained that their visit was to formally introduce the new executive to the Governor as well as inform him of their inauguration and investiture  ceremony coming up later this month.

Alagwu urged the Governor to provide four additional high frequency radios to boost security  in Aba as well as provide the police in Aba with more vehicles and other logistics.

ACCIMA also called on the Governor to streamline taxes in the state and welcomed the state government’s directive that taxes be paid into banks.


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