By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia—ABA, the commercial capital of Abia State was literally shut down yesterday on account of the activities of hoodlums, especially kidnappers.
Residents of the commercial city now live in fear following the kidnapping of 15 school children whose school bus was hijacked by the kidnappers who are now demanding for N20 million ransom before they could be released.
Banks, Schools, hospitals, markets and even street shops were closed yesterday by their owners for fear of being attack by criminals who seem to have declared war on the commercial city. The city now looked like a ghost town.
Reports said that other schools city while residents are leaving in droves as a result of rampant kidnapping and mass raping of women and girls by the criminals.
Meanwhile, the Progressive Peoples Party, PPA, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to declare a state of emergency in Abia state on account of the growing insecurity in Aba. Also, Action Congress of Nigeria through it governorship aspirant in the state, Prince Paul Ikonne has called for a state of emergency in the state.
But Abia state Government quickly dismissed the call, describing it as “the ranting of a group seeking for relevance”. The state Commissioner for information, Chief Anthony Agbazuere who spoke to journalists said the government has been doing its best to the fight the criminals.
Agbazuere also accused an unnamed former governor of the state as being behind the spate of kidnapping in the state, saying that very soon his name would be revealed.
However, for 72 hours, the abductors of 15 school children in Aba are yet to release them. Allaying the rumour that the children have been released, Abia State Police Commissioner, Mr. Jonathan Johnson, said that Police was still working round the clock to secure the release of the children.