The Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, has given kidnappers in Abia seven days to surrender and said the end had finally come for criminals who have been holding Abia hostage. He said the minister of police affairs will visit Abia to handle the political aspect of the ongoing efforts to clear Abia of all criminals.
This comes as the joint Army/Police Task Force sent to Abia State announced the arrest of Fifty suspected criminal within 24 hours of starting operations.
“I have the mandate; I have the order to flush out all the criminals in the shortest time,” he told Abia State governor, Theodore Orji during a courtesy visit, adding that the increase in number of police and army personnel in the state was a sign that there was no longer a hiding place for hoodlums.
He said the kidnappers and other criminal elements have to choose either to come out of the forests and surrender or “we will meet them in the forest and they will face annihilation.
“We shall not go out of this place (Abia) until we achieve the success we are determined to achieve,” Mr Ringim said, adding, “we are law abiding and we will on no account violate fundamental human rights of anybody.”
Mr Orji said he supported Mr Ringim’s position that there should be no mercy for the criminals who only want quick money.