Connect with us


Abia authorities review accomplishments and guarantee a peaceful Yuletide




She disclosed that within this timeframe, a rescued abducted child, 6 locally made single-barreled shotguns, 9 locally made double-barreled shotguns, 9 live cartridges, 1 pump-action gun, 10 vehicles, and 8 tricycles were recovered.

Furthermore, the police recovered one bag of substances suspected to be illicit hard drugs, 12 stolen MTN batteries, 7 Airtel backup batteries, 5 railway sleepers, and vandalized aluminum panels, armored cable, one dry cell motor battery, one motor jack, iron cutter, and other assorted tools.

Chinaka stated, “From October, 2023 till date, the command has made significant strides in reducing incidents of armed robbery, kidnapping, and vandalism of government property.”

“Several suspects were arrested, and various exhibits were recovered during this period. A number of cases were brought before various courts, with 12 resulting in successful prosecutions and convictions for offenses such as rape, defilement, theft, malicious damage, assault, threats of violence, housebreaking, and murder.”

She emphasized the introduction and execution of effective administrative and operational initiatives by the Abia State Police Command under the leadership of the Commissioner of Police and his management team, which have contributed to creating a secure environment for socio-economic growth in the state.

The command also presented some suspects, including 18-year-old Chimaobi Obieh and 19-year-old Chinemerem Christopher.

The PPRO explained, “On 14/12/2023, a complainant reported at Central Police Station, Umuahia that on 13/12/2023, he was robbed of one bag of clothes worth N1.8 million by three occupants of a tricycle. The officers arrested Chimaobi Obieh and Chinemerem Christopher in connection with the crime, and upon investigation, the suspects admitted to the offense. Investigation is ongoing, and the suspects will be charged to court.”

She assured, “We are fully committed to ensuring the safety and security of all law-abiding residents of the state and will continue to work tirelessly to achieve this goal.”

Commissioner of Police, Kenechukwu Onwumelie, urged the media to use crime terminology carefully, avoiding terms like ‘yahoo’ for ‘fraud’ and ‘gangsterism’ for ‘cultism’. He revealed the command’s collaboration with the state National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to address crimes induced by the use of illicit and hard drugs.

Regarding the yuletide, CP Onwumelie reassured Abians of the measures in place to make the state safe, adding, “We will do our best to ensure that Abia is safe for all.”

He encouraged everyone to carry out their activities “within the confines of the law.”