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Rivers, Abia partner to fight crime

By   Anayo Okoli

Umuahia—RESPITE is on the way for motorists and other users of the  busy Enugu-Aba-Port Harcourt expressway, who have been experiencing constant armed robbery and kidnapping attacks on the road, as the Abia and Rivers State governments have agreed to jointly tackle the problem.

The attack is particularly on the Obehia/Okwe axis, the border communities between Abia and Rivers States and notable persons have fallen victims to attacks, including an ambassador from River State and some prominent businessmen.

The worsening security situation on the road forced Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State  to invite his Abia State counterpart, Chief Theodore Orji, for them to find a lasting solution to the problem, which was scaring genuine investors away from the two states.

Chief Orji visited Port Harcourt, where he met with Amaechi on how the two states would confront the ugly situation, especially on the Obehie axis. Orji later told journalists that the meeting centred on how to confront the rising crime wave on the border area of the two state, along the express road.

He noted that it was the responsibility of the governments to provide security for the people, adding that security is of paramount importance to the two states.  Governor Amechi in his remarks pledged the commitment of the two states to jointly fight crime on the highway.


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