Gov. Rochas Anayo Okorocha ofImoStatehas expressed deep worries at the intractable cases of kidnapping going on in the State.
The governor who was addressing a forum of traditional rulers recently noted that kidnapping had become a war against the state.
The visibly disturbed governor said that the government would not fold its hands and watch a group of people tarnish the image of the State.
While he vowed to take every step to secure lives and property, a cross section of people in the state have urged him to engage the army to help the police in combating the menace of kidnapping.
According to a teacher in one of the primary schools in Akwakuma, Owerri North LGA, the operations of the hoodlums appear to have overwhelmed the fire power of police.
The teacher who pleaded anonymity said that he witnessed the kidnappers who gave a chase to one man driving alongOrlu Road.
“The boys who were apparently in their twenties brandished sophisticated weapons with chains of bullets around their shoulders which they used to scare bystanders away”, he said.
He said that the desperados finally caught their victim and took him away in a vehicle which they snatched from other motorists along the road.
Not long ago, at the same Akwakuma junction leading to Orlu, the kidnappers lay in wait for their unsuspecting victim driving out of one of the hotels located in the area and whisked him off.
Reports indicate that the kidnappers often go after those in SUVs, thus forcing some to park theirs in their various garages.
It will be recalled thatAbiaStatewas once besieged by hoodlums who made life unbearable to residents ofAba, Umuahia and environs.
The situation prompted the Federal Government to approve military operations led by the Army, at the instance of Gov. Theodore Orji.
Thereafter, calm returned to the State.