by Ugochukwu Ugoji-eke, Umuahia
The Abia state Commissioner of Police (CP), Leye Oyebade
has warned criminals operating in the state to relocate from
the state as the command under his leadership has
strategized to flush them out from the state.
Speaking in Umuahia, while parading two suspects, who were
arrested for vandalizing and stealing of solar energy batteries
that are used to power street lights at Ndoki in Ukwa East
council area, Oyebade said that it is time for criminals to leave
Oyebade said that the men being paraded are economic
saboteurs of the state and the country, stressing that they are
in the same category with those who specialises in vandalizing
oil pipe lines across the country.
He frowned at the situation where criminals vandalize
government property and turn around to say that government
is not doing anything for the state and its people, “When they
are the ones destroying government properties for their own
The Abia CP said, “My men arrested Chima Chiboo aged 34
years who specializes in the stealing of solar energy batteries
at Ndoki in Ukwa East council area of the state”.
“He was arrested by Kingsley Ekeke a member of the local
vigilante group in the area while on duty and handed over to
the police and when he was interrogated by the police, he
could not give a satisfactory answer to how he came about
the two solar batteries in his position”.
“The suspect was handed over to my men at the Police at
Akwete Division and the boss of the division later transferred
the suspect to the State Criminal Intelligence and investigation
department for further investigation”.
Oyebade said that the second suspect Chinasa Okochi of
Urrata village in Aba was arrested at Akwete with two solar
energy batteries, “Which under interrogation the suspect could
not give account of the batteries”.
The CP said that the police in the state can no longer stand
and watch criminals destroy the state with their nefarious
activities, stressing that those who have formed the habit of
destroying government property must be brought to book.
He also said that his command has identified flash points in
some major highways where hoodlums hide to rob
commuters, “This is a warning to those who operate in those
areas as we are coming after them and there will be no hiding
place for them.”
Oyebade said, “We have mapped out strategies to ensure that
all highway criminals are apprehended, as we are determined
to have a safe highways, because our team of safer highways
are on top of the situation.”