Security Operation Reveals Disturbing Findings, Prompts Government Action to Tackle Crime
In a startling revelation, Governor Alex Otti of Abia State announced that over 80 bodies have been recovered from a kidnappers’ den in the state. The grim discovery was made after security intelligence indicated that ransoms paid for kidnapped victims were consistently dropped off around Umuchieze Cattle Market in Lokpanta of Umunneochi Local Government Area (LGA).
Governor Otti disclosed this information during the monthly media parley at the Government House in Umuahia, highlighting the use of electronic equipment installed across the state to monitor activities.
“We installed electronic equipment to find out what is happening in every part of the state. A few weeks ago, we found that a lot of the ransom that was paid for kidnapping ended up somewhere around Umunneochi LGA,” said Governor Otti.
The governor expressed shock at the findings, revealing that in less than 48 hours, security forces recovered over 80 dead bodies around the cattle market, including 20 headless and decomposing bodies of both adults and children. Additionally, numerous skeletons of individuals who had been killed and left to decompose were found in the vicinity.
Governor Otti underscored the commitment of the state government to eliminate all forms of crime, emphasizing that no government can succeed in the face of insecurity. He declared that the government would neither condone nor support any form of insecurity.
The cattle market, identified as a hotspot for criminal activities, is set to undergo a transformation. Governor Otti stated that the market would be converted into a general market, emphasizing the government’s effort to secure the area by fencing it. The market will operate as a non-residential daily market from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, and it will no longer exclusively sell cattle but serve as a general marketplace.
Addressing concerns about false information leading to tensions, Governor Otti clarified that the government did not discriminate based on ethnicity when discovering the remains. He recounted a meeting with a northern group that initially issued a quit notice to Igbo residents in the North, highlighting the government’s intention to maintain peace and stability.
“I can assure you that Umunneochi is calm,” Governor Otti assured, emphasizing the government’s dedication to creating an environment where the people of Abia can move freely, especially during the upcoming Yuletide season.
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