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Abia lawmakers begin 3-day fasting over rising crime wave

By Anayo Okoli

Umuahia—members of the Abia state House of Assembly have begun a three day fasting and prayer over the rising state of insecurity in the state. Other workers of the State Assembly also joined in the prayer session.

The prayer, the House said, was particularly against the rising spate of violent crime, especially kidnapping.

Declaring the prayer open , the Speaker of the House, Chief Agwu U. Agwu called on the people of Abia state to join them in the prayers, to seek  God’s face and  intervention on the state of insecurity in the state.

Some of the House members have also been victims of kidnapping. The member representing Isukwuato, Chief Monday Ejegbu a victim, while Chief Uzo Azubike’s daughter, Chimehiura, was also kidnapped.

The prayer session was prompted by the increased wave of violent crime in the state, as last week alone,  five policemen were killed in Aba, by suspected kidnappers.

The killing of the five policemen irked members of the House, who called on the Inspector-General of police, Mr. Mike Okiro to redeploy the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edgar Nanakumo, and the entire police high command in the state. The House noted that the security situation in the state has overwhelmed the present police in the state.

Recently, Governor Theodore Orji, himself  made the same observation, that it seemed that the violent crime in the state, may have overwhelmed the police and other security operatives.

This prompted him to invite the army into the state to help in the fight against kidnappers and other violent crime.


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