By Enyim Enyim
Onitshaâ€”Anambra Leaders of Thought have raised alarm over alleged regrouping of kidnappers and armed robbers in the state to disrupt the peaceÂ that is now reigning in the state.
The group raised the concern in a communique in Onitsha, made available to newsmen after their emergency meeting, which centered on the state of security in Anambra State.
The group said that their investigations showed that the kidnappers had already mapped out strategies to strike in the major cities of the state, such as Onitsha and Nnewi, where they believed that their would be victims are residing and could pay the huge sums of money as would be demanded from them.
The group, in the communiqueÂ by Ogbuefi Eze Ugonna, condemned the residents and traders in Onitsha, many of whom, he said failed to pay their security levies. He accused such people of being agents of the kidnappers.
â€œThe sustenance of security in Onitsha and indeed the entire Anambra State is through the prompt payment of security levies, without which security will collapse, thereby giving these kidnappers and hoodlums leeway to operate unrestrictedâ€ said the group.
They warned that any person or group of persons who fails to pay the security levies will be regarded as paid agents of kidnappers and hoodlums terrorizing the state.
They insisted that they will nip in the bud any attempt by the hoodlums to turn Anambra State toÂ â€œhaven of kidnappers and armed robbersâ€, adding that one of the ways they would do that, is to ensure that streets and layouts in OnitshaÂ organised security outfits backed by the Police, which he said would reduced crime and encouraged investors to come into the state.
They meanwhile alerted the security agents and residents of the state that there are â€œcabalsâ€ working to sabotage the efforts of Anambra State government, the Police, the Army, the Vigilante and indeed other security agents working relentlessly to free the state of kidnappers and armed robbers.