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Residents flee Aba amid spike in violent crime

17 February 2016, 20:12

Abuja - Some civil society organisations have decried the resurgence of violent crimes which they said had led to some residents fleeing the Aba Metropolis.

Under the coalition of the Foundation For Environmental Rights Advocacy, they said murder, kidnapping and robberies were on the increase in the Abia State capital.

They alleged an average five people persons were kidnapped, robbed or maimed in and around the Aba Metropolis on a daily basis.

Recently, it was reported a well known supermarket along the busy ogbor Hill and Arise plaza was robbed amid sporadic and heavy shooting resulting in the death of five people, including two police inspectors attached to the Azuka police station in Aba.

In addition, four people were reportedly kidnapped at several locations along the Azikiwe Road.

it was further reported on Chief Ogbo, the owner of Righteous supermarket, one Dr Kamala the managing Director of Nazareth Hospital, and a popular electronics dealer known as Asaa were among Abians who had been kidnapped.

Hundreds of millions of Niaria were said to be paid in ransom.

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“(We are) further concerned that these acts of kidnapping armed robbery and killing of innocent people in Aba are perpetrated in broad day light, notably between 9.30am and 5.30pm,” the organisations stated.

The organisations are worried that as a result of these acts, the people of Aba and its environs were now living in great fear and anxiety.

“As a matter of fact there has been a massive exodus of people, goods and services from Aba which hitherto is the commercial hub of the east and Nigeria in general due to the activities of this kidnappers,” the organisations said.

“Further aware that if the situation is not arrested, Aba which is undoubtedly known for huge commercial activities and huge revenue generating source for the state will become a shadow of itself and thus it will greatly have a negative impact on the state and nation economy.”

Comment could not be ascertained from police. Government has been urged to intervene.

- CAJ News

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