Umuahiaâ€”A member of Abia House of Assembly, Dr Ikechukwu Nwabeke, has decried the increasing crime rate, particularly kidnapping, in Osoka village in Osisoma Local Government Area of Abia State.
Nwabeke, who represents Osisoma Ngwa constituency in the House, told newsmenÂ in Umuahia that the call became necessary because â€œkidnapping has reached epidemic level.â€
â€œThey no longer go after rich people,Â they go from kitchen to kitchen,â€ he said, adding, â€œthis is no longer poverty driven but a group of miscreants in the village. Government should not pretend that it does not know that such a thing is happening, it happens every second of the day.
â€œAll we need to do is to send a detachment of Anti-Terrorists Squad, ATS, or of the Police Mobile Force, PMF, to stay in Osoka. If they are stationed there, kidnapping will die a natural death in the state.Â I say this because some of the boys are inexperienced, they lay their hands on any kind of gun and go after families in the village.
â€œBut they are growing larger since nobody is after them and some of the boys even see it as a past time,â€Â Nwabeke said.
He appealed to the state government to stop them before they turn to big time kidnappers and armed robbers by stationing policemen in the village.
Nwabeke also called for the extension of the ban on commercial motorcycles to rural areas.
He told newsmen that the enforcement of the ban in rural areas became necessary to stem the raising crime rate in the communities.