Determined to make Imo State a safe haven for investors and residents, Governor Rochas Okorocha, has vowed not to relent on the demolition of houses owned or used by kidnappers for their evil acts.
The governor also restated the commitment of his administration to ridding the state of all criminal elements.
Governor Okorocha stated this when he visited the Department of State Security Services, DSS, Imo State Command as six kidnap suspects aged between 16 and 25 years were paraded.
The governor said the state government is working with all the security agencies to nip kidnapping and other violent crimes in the bud.
Okorocha, who bemoaned the resurgence of kidnapping and armed robbery in the state, declared that government was battle ready for the criminals.
He said the state government would continue to guarantee the safety of lives and property of the residents in the state and maintained that his administration had zero tolerance for violent crimes.
“But let me again warn all criminals, all kidnappers to get out of Imo State because this is not a place for you. We are ready for you,” he stressed.
Okorocha recalled that before he assumed office as governor, the entire state was traumatised by the activities of kidnappers and criminals until his administration swooped on them.
The governor maintained that government would continue to demolish houses belonging to kidnappers or any building where a kidnap victim was kept, and therefore warned parents and guardians to monitor the activities of their children and report suspicious movements to security agencies.
“Any house of any kidnapper or where a kidnapper is found will be demolished and destroyed; more so, houses of the kidnappers’ parents will equally be demolished if their lifestyle and means of livelihood does not justify the building,” he warned.
Earlier, the Director of DSS, Mr. Francis Ejiofor, explained that the command had setup taskforces in the three zones of the state in line with the directives of the Director-General of the DSS to combat kidnapping and other violent crimes.
The taskforce, he said, has recorded tremendous success in tracking and arresting kidnap suspects in the state.
Ejiofor said the men of the DSS arrested the paraded kidnap suspects based on a tipoff while their victim, Mr. Nnawike Chilaka, from Nkwerre Local Government Area was freed after being held captive by his abductors for five days.
The suspects are Mr. Suleiman Samila, a gate man from Niger Republic and Chinedu Joseph alias Topic from Abia State who was described as the prime suspect. Others are Chigozie Kenneth, a Computer Science student of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede; Anayo, Michael Uzochukwu and Miss Kosiso Chukwu, a secondary school student, all from Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State.

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