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Kidnap scourge: Residents flee South-East

By Emma Amaize
ASABA—SOME politicians and businessmen in Enugu, Onitsha and other major towns in the South-East are now fleeing to Asaba, the capital of Delta State, because of the  activities of kidnappers in the region.

Vanguard learnt that some of the residents in Onitsha and other places in the South-East now consider Asaba as a safer place to reside in and that is why they were flocking the town, especially at weekends.

Delta State Police spokesman, Mr. Charles Muka, told Vanguard when contacted over the matter, that the police was not surprised that residents of the South-East were taking advantage of the peaceful situation in Asaba to come to the state.

He said the Delta State Police Command was, however, doing everything possible to ensure that criminals do not take advantage of the situation to infiltrate the state.

A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Oshimili North who resides in Asaba, Chief TonyOgbo, in an interview with Vanguard at Akwukwu-Igbo, yesterday, said, “Yes, the peace and security programme of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan is paying off in the state and people from the South-East who are running away from kidnappers are coming to Asaba to take refuge.”

“I have to give the governor kudos for this because I have friends in Enugu, Onitsha, Awka and other places, that run to Asaba every weekend to stay because of the tight security. The governor has empowered the police to make sure that they respond to rapid security threats in Asaba.

“You sleep in Asaba now with your two eyes closed. The governor has scored high in this area and I am happy with this development, knowing that before now, people were running away from the Warri axis of the state because of the activities of militants”, he said.

Investigations also revealed the gov has put in place new security  measures, especially after the aborted post-amnesty confab by Vanguard newspapers in Warri, to contain the activities of criminals in the area.  It was gathered that the safe security situation in Asaba was what made Nollywood actors and film producers from the  Southeast and Lagos to take Asaba, as their second home.


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