In an effort to nip in the bud kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state, the State Government in collaboration with the Umunneochi Local Government Area, has commenced the clearing of bush parts serving as hide out for criminals close to the Spiritan Catholic University along the Lomara-Nneato road in Umunneochi Local Govrnment Area.
Reacting to the exercise, the Security Adviser to the Governor, Captain Awa Udensi Agwu rtd, said that it has become the tradition of the State Government to raise down any location being used as hide out or escape route for criminals in the State, noting that it is the collective responsibility of all stakeholders in the south East region to secure the region from kidnappers and other criminals.
Captain Awa Udensi while stating that efforts are in top gear to establish security check points along the criminal flashpoints along the Lomara-Nneato road and other flashpoints in the State, lauded the proactive steps taking by the Chairman, Umunneochi Local Government Area, Mr. Ifeanyi Madu, in providing security for residents and road users across the Local Government Area.
Speaking after conducting newsmen round the criminal flashpoints being cleared, the Chairman Umunneochi Local Goverrnment Area, Mr. Ifeanyi Madu, said that the Council in collaboration with the State Government and security agencies in the area will stop at nothing in restoring security in the area and pleaded with the Federal and State Governments to assist them establish security check points along the road.
Also baring his mind, the Vice Chancellor, Spiritan University, Professor Remijus Onyenwenyi, represented by Professor Augustine Onyeneke, said that many of their Rev. Father Lecturers in the University have been victims of the operation of criminal elements in the area and thanked the State Government under Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and the Umunneochi Local Government authority for coming to their rescue.
Earlier, the Secretary, Umunneochi Local Government Area, Mr. Onyekachi Ubah, said that the exercise has become necessary as various areas in Umunneochi has become flashpoints for all kinds of criminality including kidnapping and armed Rrobbery, adding that the exercise will enable motorist see the road from afar to avoid falling victim to the criminals.