Rep, others protest kidnapping, robbery


A federal lawmaker, Hon C.ID. Maduabum yesterday led a delegation of stakeholders from Nnewi, Anambra State, to protest the surging incidence of kidnapping and violent crime in the community. The delegation which included representatives of the Nigerian Bar Association, Nigeria Medical Association, traditional institution, community and market leaders stormed the Louis Edet Force Headquarters to protest the development to Inspector General of Police, Mr Ogbonna Onovo.

Visisbly disturbed Maduabum noted that the incidence of kidnapping and violent crime in the area had reached an iontolerable level urging Onovo to do all within his powers to address the situation.

He lamented that exodus of senior citizens as well as corporate bodies from the community which is the hub of business activities in the state.

Acknowledging the response of the police to the development, Maduabum stressed that there is need for the Force to do more considering the surge in the criminal activity.

Corroborating Maduabum, a member of the delegation who is also Secretary General of the NBA, Nnewi chapter, Barrister Ogochukwu Okeke lamented that the situation is almost helpless that the inhabitants are now living in great fear and anxiety over who the next victim would be. 

Responding, Onovo expressed sadness over prevalence of kidnapping and violent crime in the South East zone. 

He sais his sorrow was borne out of the fact that he is the first Igbo man to occupy the top cop position adding that he would have expected his kinsmen to show solidarity with him by shunning crime. 

The IGP however vowed to rout out the criminals from the area, stating that his men have evolved measures to restore normalcy to the area. 

Although he did not give details of his new offensive against perpetrators of crime in the area he pleaded with the delegation to also volunteer information that would help the Force achieve its objectives. 

Other members of the CID Maduabum led delegation include, chief Gozie Akudolu, Chief Alphonsus Ume, Chief Charles Onyeka and Dr Emmanuel Afiadigwe.