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Obi seals hotel in Anambra

06 August 2012, 09:23

Anambra - The Anambra Government has shut a hotel in Nkpor, near Onitsha, where four suspected kidnappers were arrested on Sunday.

Gov. Peter Obi, who led a team of government officials to the scene at about 4 p.m., personally supervised the hotel's closure.

He pledged that his government would work assiduously to prevent the resurgence of violent crime in the state.

``The boost in industrialisation of the state is the result of its peace and security.

``This hotel will remain closed until investigation is concluded.

``If it is established that it housed the kidnappers; the state government will not only demolish it, it will also confiscate the land,’’ he said.

Obi said that his supervision of the hotel’s closure was another clear message to persons who engage in kidnapping as well as those aiding and abetting them that Anambra is not a place for them.

The police arrested four suspected kidnappers in the hotel after tracking them for some weeks.

A senior police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that policemen from the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested the suspects after a tip-off.

``The police, at about 3 a.m. on Sunday, rounded them up and rescued two prominent men they had kidnapped in the area,’’ the officer said.



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