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Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has expressed outrage over the recent rate of kidnapping in Enugu State.
The Eastern Updates reports that no fewer than 20 people were abducted at different locations in the state at the weekend.
A statement by the National President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC), Okwu Nnabuike, pointed out that the rate of kidnapping in the state is outrageous. Okwu noted that hoodlums have taken over every major road outside the state capital, stressing that security agencies have not been able to walk the talk.
He said: ‘This wakeup call is necessitated by recent developments in Enugu State where people can no longer move freely outside the state capital. Despite the efforts of the current state government, including provision of logistics to security agencies, we are yet to see tangible results.
‘There has been no day that passed without a report of a kidnapping incident in Enugu. If it is not along Enugu-Ugwuogo-Opi Nsukka Road, it is 4-Corner-Udi Road; if it is not old Udi-Oji River Road, it is the expressway. This is outrageous and totally unacceptable.’
In a related development, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety), yesterday, tasked the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Nigeria Army, Enugu, Major Gen Hassan Taiwo Dada, and Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Kanayo Uzuegbu, on the safety and rescue of over 30 people kidnapped in the state in the past three days.
The group also expressed sadness with the killing of three youths from Mgbowo, Awgu Council of the state, on Monday, by the police in the guise that they were enforcers of the unlawful sit-at-home order.
It stated that facts at the disposal of the group indicate a contrary motive by those behind the killing of the three youths, stressing that their timing, legal and operational basis were mired in controversies.