The Governor of Abia Region, Okezie Ikpeazu, has promised to liaise with the leaders and stakeholders of the Umunneochi Local Government Area of the region to end kidnapping and other social ills that have become rampant in the area.
The governor’s move was followed by a protest by the Umunneochi people over the ongoing kidnapping of people in the area.
Ikpeazu, who was speaking to members of the public at a meeting at Eze Godson Ezekwesiri Palace in Mumuelem Isuochi, said the issue of insecurity in Mmunneochi and surrounding communities had become a major problem, adding that it was troubling to see. any of Abijah’s men in danger.
The governor noted that a number of steps had been taken in the past, adding that the government would no longer be able to handle the issue with the kids glove, adding that the recent kidnapping of the Prerelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria would mark the end of kidnapping in the area.
He criticized the dire situation of insecurity across the country and said that there should be a concerted effort to address the situation.
Ikpeazu, therefore, instructed Umunneochi participants to identify various light sources in the area for immediate action, reiterating that the open grazing ban was still in place and promised to do everything possible to end the massacre.
Earlier, the Archbishop of the Okigwe Archdiocese, Pastor Biereonwu Onuagha, who lamented that Umunneochi had been transformed into a money-making center for kidnappers and other criminals, called for the reopening of the Ihube-Lomara road, citing road closures. he made it a well-known criminal flag.
Archbishop Onuagha also called for the immediate removal of the Lokpanta Cattle Market which he described as a security risk to them and thanked Emperor Okezie Ikpeazu for his role in the liberation of the recently abducted The Methodist Prelate on the Leru-Umunneochi road.