Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Anambra State House of Assembly has raised the alarm over the killing of a police officer and the abduction of the expatriate handling the Otuocha-Ibaji road project by unknown gunmen.
Majority leader of the House and member representing Anambra-west state constituency Hon.Victor Jideofor Okoye who brought the report before the House under issues of urgent public importance, expressed worry that the feat achieved in security seemed to have been truncated following incessant cases of security breaches in the state in recent times.
Okoye recalled that the Anambra State House of Assembly passed a legislation that the punitive measure for abduction was death sentence as well as demolition of property belonging to the culprit noting that in spite of the stringent measures put in place to check crime and criminality, kidnapping seemed to have returned in Anambra state.
The lawmaker who also doubles as a security expert, faulted the Inspector-General of Police’s order to disarm vigilance operatives in Anambra state stating that the community vigilance groups would have been very useful, if they had arms.
He condemned the act saying that the abduction of the contractor handling the Otuocha-Ibaji road project in Anambra-west had stalled work because the kidnappers were at large with the victim.
The majority leader however called on the police Inspector-General as well as other security agencies to apply all the arsenal within their disposal to ensure that the expatriate was rescued from captivity and his abductors brought to book.
Obinna Chris Emeneka of Anambra-east state constituency regretted that the incident occurred at a time the state was being lauded for its security strategies. He said that the state comissioner of police should fight crime with renewed vigour and not mere lipservice.
Emeneka also maintained that the IGP and the state commissioner of police should get to the root of the matter while suggesting that the state should adopt preventive security measures to tackle crime.