June 10, 2009

High rate of kidnapping worries Orji

By Anayo Okoli

Umuahia—ABIA state Governor, Chief Theodore Orji has expressed concern over the lingering state of insecurity in the state,  saying that adequate measures have been put in place to deal with those perpetrating violent crimes, particularly kidnapping in the state.

Orji noted that any government that fails to protect lives and property of its people has failed in its primary responsibility. He said that he will not allow those bent on destabilizing his administration to succeed.

“This time around, we are going to be ruthless”, Orji said, as he directed all autonomous communities to float vigilantes for 24 hours security surveillance in their areas. He ordered that any suspect caught should not be spared.

Governor Orji spoke when he addressed traditional rulers in the state, whom he summoned for a meeting to discuss the security situation of the state.

He warned that the government would henceforth not hesitate to dethrone any monarch linked with kidnapping or who fails to report such incident in his domain.

Orji who was visibly furious over the increasing wave of kidnapping, despite government efforts to check the crime,  announced that preparations were on top gear to draft the Military Joint Task Force (JTF) to tackle the menace in Abia. He said the Government  would procure sophisticated equipment for Police in the state.

“I invited you here on a very serious matter that concerns all of us. It is about the security of our state.

It has got to a stage that government will no longer keep quiet over it; it has reached a stage I should declared a state of emergency,” he said.