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
Hundreds of millions of Niaria were said to be paid in
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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
“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
“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