Umunbo Community Applauds Governor Obiano As Kidnap Den Is Pulled Down

By Willie Is Working

Anambra State Governor Chief Willie Obiano has been applauded by Umunbo community in Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State for pulling down a storey building used as kidnap den in Ifite-Ora Village by one Celestine Ughamadu and his gang to keep victims whilst negotiating ransom.

The demolition exercise which was carried out on Wednesday in continuation of the state policy of destroying crime infrastructure and ensuring that no one benefits from proceeds of crime and criminality attracted jubilations and commendations from a cross section of the residents as the excavator bulldozed its way into the compound of late Okafor Ughamadu whose son, Celestine is the kidnap king-pin known to be terrorizing the community and environs.

Onlookers at the site during the demolition burst into spontaneous solidarity chants in praise of Governor Obiano's security initiatives, singing in Igbo “Obiano! Obiano k' anyi ge so o, mona eje eje, mon'ana naa, Obiano k'anyi ga eso o.”

A youth leader in the area Mr. Anthony Osita extoled Governor Obiano for sustaining the fight to rid the state of all forms of crime and urged youths of the area to avoid getting involved in criminal activities but seek productive ventures to make money rather than engage in crime. Osita said that the kidnap has brought shame to the community with his nefarious activities and thanked the Governor for rescuing them from the gang, while calling on the government to extend development to the area.

Speaking on the demolition exercise, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Finihan Adeoye, said that the suspect who is now at large kept abducted victims in the house and extorted several millions of Naira as ransom before they regained their freedom.

According to Finihan, “Celestine abducted many persons including a business man and the head of Assemblies of God Church in Onitsha, while also letting the building out to other gangs to keep their victims.”

Mr. Finihan stated that the Anambra State Government and the security agencies that make up the Operation Kpochapu were resolute to win the war against crime and urged youths to engage themselves in legitimate source of livelihood since crime does not pay.

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