Police Commit To Tackling Herdsmen Crises In Abia

Police Commit To Tackling Herdsmen Crises In AbiaThe Abia State Police Command has reiterate readiness and commitment to maintaining peace and ensure that the fundamental rights of every Nigerian is protected at all times.

The Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, said strategies have been designed to curb clashes between the farmers and herdsmen which in recent time left members of the groups injured.

According to the Commissioner, the situation would no longer be tolerated as moves have been made by the State Government, security operatives and the warring groups to settle their differences and live in peace.

He said the Police and other security operatives have collaborated to tackle the mayhem which formed part of the discussion when he visited the Commander of 14 Brigade, Nigerian Army in Ohafia, Brigadier General Lawrence Fejokwu.

“I must say that we are working relentlessly and jointly to confront the challenges of making Abia relatively crime free.

“My vision of how to police the state include combating hideous crimes, kidnapping, drug abuse, as well as robbery, and having healthy respect for the fundamental rights of every citizen of this country and respect for the rule of law.

“I want you to know that we will use cooperative, proactive and preventive   policing to actualise the objectives.

“I am talking of synergy where all the sister security agencies would work together, actualising the fact that in togetherness lies the strength because we have the same focus to improve internal security, the same agenda which is to ensure that Abia is relatively crime free.

“I want to ask that we continue the synergy and work in that direction,” Oyebade urged.

On his part, Brigadier General Fejokwu said the Army would continue to play its part to ensure cooperative and peaceful atmosphere.

“I want to assure that we will continue to be on the heels of the criminals to make Abia State crime free.

“I am committed and promise that this synergy will not die, together we will keep it alive. We are all working for a common goal of ensuring that peace remain supreme in the state,” he said.

Police Nab Suspected Vandals Of Electricity Transformer In Abia

power-cable-vandalsPolice have arrested some persons suspected to have vandalised transformers of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Sub-Station in Abia State.

The Abia State Police Command said the suspects vandalised a facility at Omoba in Isilangwa South Local Government Area of Abia State.

According to the command, intensified anti-crime campaign with renewed vigour aimed to ridding the state of criminals led to the arrest of the suspected criminals.

About 20 suspects were paraded at the Police Headquarters in Bende Road, Umuahia.

Part of the figure were other suspects involved in various crime – armed robbery, fraud, faking and forging of vehicle license, proof of ownership and other sensitive government documents amongst others.

Also among them were four suspected cultist of Covenant Polytechnic, Aba, who are all final year students pursuing a National Diploma.

The police said that all the suspects have confessed to the crime.

Items recovered from them include, one locally made double barrel shortgun, two live cartridges, one machete, two rolls of heavy armoured cables worth thousands of Naira and two jacks as well as some substance suspected to be cocaine.

One of the suspects, Prince Okoroafor, an indigene of Amaekpu ,Ohafia and a car washer at Aba, claimed that it was his first attempt at vandalising government’s installation.

He also said that he was lured into the business by a friend – an indigene of Omoba where the heavy armoured cables were stolen – but was unaware that his friend was notorious for vandalising government’s infrastructure.

”My friend called me to escort him to his village that he has a business for us but I did not know that it involved vandalising, as soon as I got close to the armoured cable with the okada man, the villagers quickly surrounded us and I looked around but my friend was gone,” he told reporters.

His friend is currently on the police list as a wanted criminal and all efforts are being put in place to track him down and arrest him for the crime.

The Police Commissioner in the State, Adeleye Oyebade, said that the strategies put in place by his management team in combating crime yielded the desired results.

He told reporters that the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers had been mandated to explore intelligence-led policing, community policing and involvement of Eminent People’s Forum in tackling crime.

These efforts, according to the Commissioner of Police, require the involvement of citizens and would assist to chase away the criminals from the state.

He warned hoodlums to stay clear, as all the exit and entry points to the state were secure, with officers strategically positioned to checkmate any criminal activity.

Police Arrest Suspects Involved In Car Theft

Police, Nyesom Wike, RiversThe New Commissioner of Police in Abia State, Leye Oyebade, on Wednesday said that the command would maintain zero tolerance to all forms of criminality as it is ready to flush out hoodlums and those involved in hideous crime.

He made this known at a media briefing in Umuahia where he also paraded two suspects involved in car theft.

According to the Police Commissioner, ignorance to a crime is not an excuse, as he reminded the public that those involved in selling and buying of stolen goods would also be prosecuted.

He urged all citizens to verify the authenticity of goods before purchase.

Mr Leye hinted that any officer involved in any culpable act would face the music, as he would only condole professionalism. He also urged them to shun corruption.

The suspects, Prince Will Ezekiel, 40 and Chibunna Onyenwaku, 33, a pastor presently with Redeemed Assembly at Elu Ohafia from Mbaise in Imo State specialised in stealing Toyota vehicles using a molded key.  The duo, however, regretted committing the crime.

Army Arrests Notorious Kidnapping Gang In Abia

Kidnapping GangMen of the 14 Brigade Nigerian Army, have arrested a notorious kidnapping gang which has been operating between Aba and Ohafia in Abia State.

The soldiers also rescued their victim who is currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed medical facility.

Items recovered from the suspects include two AK-47 rifles, loaded with 124 rounds ammunition, and cash up to about 5,490,000 Naira amongst others.

According to the Brigade Public Relation Officer, Major Sidney Mbaneme, the victim had already paid the sum of six million Naira demanded by his abductors but was shot on the leg when he identified one of them.

Major Sidney warned criminals and notorious gangsters to stay away from the state because the brigade is leaving no stone unturned to flush them out.

He urged all residents of the state to be vigilant and report any suspicious character within their domain.

DSS Arrests Alleged Kidnap Kingpin In Imo

DSS Arrest Kidnap Kingpin Suspect In ImoThe Department of State Services (DSS), Imo State Command, has arrested one 28-year-old notorious kidnap kingpin, Henry Chibueze, also known as Vampire in the state.

Chibueze, who is a native of Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State, south-east Nigeria, was arrested alongside his partner and his personal native doctor.

He confessed to being the brain behind many kidnappings in the state and the murder of his girlfriend, who he claimed stole 45 million Naira from a ransom paid by one of his victims.

The suspect was paraded by the State Director, Mr Francis Ejiofor, on Thursday at the DSS Command Headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital, in the presence of Governor Rochas Okorocha.

Mr Ejiofor said that the suspect had been declared wanted by security operatives in Imo State, following his vicious criminal records within and outside the state.

The DSS boss narrated further that the suspect was trailed to Ohafia in the state, where he was receiving treatment following the gunshot wounds he sustained during a gun duel with men of the service.

While commending the DSS for a job well done, Governor Okorocha also challenged them to be more proactive in their duties and continue to fight crime in the state in the interest of Imo citizens.

Imo residents would be hoping that with the arrest of Henry Chibueze, various crimes, especially armed robbery and kidnapping, would be brought to its barest minimum in the state.

Meanwhile, to further check the spate of criminal activities in the state, the Imo State Government has donated 15 Toyota Hilux vans to security operatives in the state.

Ohafia-Arochukwu Federal Road: Indigenes Decry Deplorable State Of Road

ArochukwuuIndigenes of Arochukwu, Ututu, Ihechiowa, Isu and Abam in Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State, South East Nigeria, have continued to lament over the deplorable state of the Ohafia-Arochukwu Federal Road.

The Indigenes said that the road rehabilitation, which was taken over from PTF by the Federal Ministry of Works under the Olusegun Obasanjo administration in 1999, has caused economic hardship to indigenes of the communities and also led to underdevelopment in the area over the years because the federal road is the only accessible road that connects Arochukwu to other parts of Abia State.

According to the villagers, the journey from Ohafia to Arochukwu should not be more than 30 minutes, but a drive through the shaggy, tough and rough road, takes more than two hours. A situation which one of the commuters plying the road daily said causes more damage to their cars.

The road was taken up by the Obasanjo Administration from the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) who started it initially and the contractor couldn’t do much until 2012 when the road was re-awarded to another contractor; but 18 months after, the new contractor also has not been able to complete one kilometer.

The villagers further complained that in normal circumstances, the journey to their neighbouring state, Akwa Ibom, takes 30 minutes but due to the bad road, they have to go through Umuahia the state capital, which takes another three to five hours.

One of traditional rulers of the affected communities, Her Royal Majesty, Chinyere Okereke, said that the elites and stakeholders in the community have tried all they could to attract government’s attention but all to no avail.

He appealed to the Federal Government to listen to their plea and come to their aid as it seems his people have been cut off from the entire state and Nigeria as a whole because most commercial farmers in the area no longer produce enough for export to the cities, as vehicles that would convey them were no longer willing to ply the road.

Meanwhile, the South East Director of Highways in the Federal Ministry of Works, Mr Godwin Eghrye, said that the problem of non commencement of the road was caused by the contractor who has been mobilised with funds by the Federal Government but has remained slow in the progress of the job, a situation he didn’t understand. He revealed that several meetings have been arranged between his office and the contractor to solve the issue.

He, however, disclosed that the Federal Government would terminate the contract by October if the contractor fails to start something tangible on the road.

He assured the people that the Government would do everything possible to ensure that the road becomes motorable in the nearest and shortest possible time.

Youths Of Abia North Get Money And Free Vehicles Empowerment

Theodore-Orji-300x173The Abia State Government in a bid to rid the state of poverty and unemployment has empowered youths of Abia North central zone comprising of Bende ,Ohafia and Arochukwu local government area with vehicles and money.

At the ceremony which was held at Bende Local Government Headquarters, Governor Theodore Orji told reporters that the strategy was to impact lives and enhance livelihood of the state’s citizenry.

About 200 vehicles were distributed to the unemployed youths while two million Naira was given out to 13 graduates to start up a business of their own.

The vehicles and monetary package were given out free of charge with no condition attached except to use it as a means of livelihood.

To ascertain that the vehicles are in good shape, the governor collected one of the car keys and made his way to the driver’s seat to start up the engines and satisfied that all is in good condition, he went back to the podium amidst cheers and accolade from the youths.

The youth empowerment programme which has been described as a laudable project would ensure peace in the state, boost industrialisation and entrepreneurship among the youths thereby enhancing economic growth.

The beneficiaries thanked the government and assured him that the opportunity would go a long way to impact their lives. They also promised to help enhance the social economic development of the state.

Nigerian Immigration, Abia State Command Repatriates Illegal Immigrants

Nigeria Immigration Service 1The Nigerian Immigration, Abia State Command, has repatriated some illegal immigrants to their country of origin after a thorough search revealed that they had no valid papers.

According to the State Comptroller of Immigration, Umuahia, Anthonia Opara, most of the illegal immigrants are citizens of Niger Republic who entered the country illegally through the borders.

She warned that the command was on the red alert to comb the entire cranny of Abia State to fish them out and promised that the repatriation would be a continuous exercise.

Some of these illegal immigrants were arrested from the cattle market at Lokpanta in Umunneochi Local Government Area, others from Umuahia, Aba North Local Government, Ohafia, and they could speak the English language except their indigenous language and a bit of Hausa which the bilingual officers of immigration helped to interpret during interviews with them.

One after the other, as their names were called out, they were searched properly before entering the buses ready to take them back to their country.

With the spate of insecurity and insurgency wrecking the country, the need to be more careful and take close awareness of whom the country’s neighbours are could have necessitated the move and the action taken by the Nigerian Immigration to clamp down on the illegal immigrants who were about 70 in number and were caught wandering about or doing menial jobs without valid paper of identification or ECOWAS Permit.

The immigration said that it had lined up another strategy to combat this crime as they were set to discuss with the traditional rulers and indigenes of border communities on the need to report any questionable unidentified persons within their domains.