Abia, now danger zone for criminals – Otti


…Says when we pick them, they think we are magicians

From Boniface Okoro, Umuahia 


Chief Security Officer of Abia State, Governor Alex Otti, has declared the state a danger zone for criminals, saying that no one that commits crime in any part of the state would go scott-free.

“If you commit a crime here, we will get you,” Otti said during his monthly Media Chat, tagged: “Otti Speaks to Abians,” last Friday.

Responding to a question on how he has been using the security vote accruing to his office, Governor Otti disclosed that his administration has invested heavily in security to the extent that when criminals are nabbed, they would wonder if the government and security operatives in the state were doing magic.

He gave example of how two of the hoodlums who kidnapped the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), of Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU), Prof Giddy Emezue, were caught.

Recall that a gang of kidnappers attacked and abducted Emezue in Umuahia, the state capital, late in January, this year.

According to the Governor, the leader of the gang was caught while trying to exit the country, while his second in command in the crime business was arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.

“All the things we have done in and around the state, is all about security, so much so that even when one of us, an academic, was kidnapped, some months ago, we located him somewhere in Imo state. 

“We were going to strike but we felt that if we struck, that we will lose him or he will be harmed; and eventually, after they had held him for about 11 days and released him, and the leader of the gang was on his way to Turkey, we picked him up at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos and we flew him back into Abia State. 

“The second mastermind of that dastardly act, we picked him up in Port Harcourt and brought him here. So, some of them think we are magicians, we are not magicians and we don’t practice witchcraft but if you commit a crime here, we will get you,” the Governor said.

He explained that he has used his security vote to float the multi-agency anti-crime outfit, “Operation Crush” and equip the operatives properly with vehicles and other security gadgets which enable them to work “24/7.”

Otti who averred that the issue of security was topmost on the agenda of the state government, said his administration has been very proactive in handling security matters, which, he added, has attracted commendations from heads and top guns of security agencies in the country.

“The government has been very proactive in procuring all the necessary equipment, security is very expensive,” he said.


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