Umuahia—Abia State government has directed the state’s judiciary to re-open a pending criminal charge of gun- running preferred against a former Deputy Governor of the state, Chris Akomas, in 2006.

NAN reports that the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Anthony Agbazuere, gave the directive in Umuahia yesterday while briefing newsmen on measures being adopted to check kidnapping and other crimes in the state.

“In 2006, Mr Akomas while serving as the state’s Commissioner for Lands and Survey was arrested along with three others by policemen at a check point at Umuobiakwa, Obingwa Local Government Area for unlawful possession of prohibited military fire arms.

“While the three others, namely Ikeokwu Nwosu, Obioma Nwaeze and Nwankwo Nwaoguibe were arraigned before an Umuahia Magistrate’s Court on June 8, 2006, Akomas was said to have been at large,” he said.

Agbazuere, who gave the charge number as U/290C/2006, said now was the right time to charge the former deputy governor whom he alleged was still sponsoring crimes in the state.

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