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Abakaliki residents have continued to bemoan the rising incidence of food theft, break-ins, and burglaries in Ebonyi State.
There have been fatalities as a result of recent cult conflicts in certain areas of Abakaliki, and the conflicts have negatively impacted economic operations in several areas of the Abakaliki Local Government Area.
The Eastern Updates reports that some residents said that aside from cult activities, burglaries and theft of foodstuffs had also become worrisome in the town.
A resident, Mrs Chinenye Orji, said many had lost valuable items and foodstuffs to burglars and to petty thieves.
She said assailants once forced a neighbour to empty her bank account using a Point of Sale machine they carried into the victim’s house.
‘It is so bad; we no longer sleep with our eyes closed. There are fears everywhere because of cult activities in some parts,’ she said.
Another resident, Mr Job Okereke, told newsmen that burglars raided his neighbour’s apartment in broad daylight on Tuesday and carted away foodstuffs unchallenged as occupants had gone away to their various businesses.
‘We need government and security agencies’ intervention. Our businesses are crumbling and the economic situation in the country is not helping either,’ he lamented.
Responding, Chairman, Abakaliki Local Government Council, Mr Ebere Nwogba, assured the residents that government was determined to address the situation to ensure the restoration of peace and orderliness in the area.