Otti tightens up security in Abia, launches ‘Operation Crush’

Abia state Governor, Alex Otti, has launched ‘Operation Crush’ to beef up security in the state.

Otti, while launching the 20 security hilux buses on Tuesday at Okpara Square Event Centre, Umuahia, the Abia state capital, said security of Abians is a topmost agenda of his government.

He said that ‘Operation Crush’ is a joint task force comprising of police, army, navy and other security agencies.

The new outfit, according to him, will have a special attention on the crisis prone areas of Umunneoche, Isiukwuato, Aba, Umuahia among other communities where, he said, had been riddled with killings, kidnappings, banditry, arson and all forms of social vices.

“We shall no longer share an inch with the criminals from their hideouts. The joint security task force that make up the operation crush are expected to dislodge criminals from their hideouts.

“The outfit will also go after those that habour criminals, be they Traditional Rulers, politicians, individuals, who may be the business of orchestrating insecurity in the state.

“Huge resources have been expended in this project because the lives of Abians are paramount at this time. It is only when we have a crisis-free environment that we will be able to tackle the issue of unemployment because no society thrives in an unsafe environment.

“The Operation Crush will also work with the Traditional Rulers who will continue to give them vital information of their criminal hideouts to enable the security agents record success in their assignment.

“Insecurity is a menace and must be chased away at all costs. I enjoin all Abians to contribute in fighting insecurity from our state.”

Prince Okey Kanu, the state Information Commissioner, while speaking to journalists, said the launch of operation crush will put an end to pockets of criminal activities in Abia communities.

He admitted that the state is not particularly hot like other sister states in terms of insecurity but commended the governor for nipping the insecurity problem in bud.

Kanu further advised criminals to turn new leaves as the new security outfit will be a nightmare for them and their criminal activities in the state.

The Secretary to the State Government of Abia state, Prof. Ken Kalu, added that the Governor had just started a process that completely decimate all criminal activities in the state.

He said Abia will go far long a way if all hands are put on desk to chase insecurity from the state.

Similarly, the Abia state Commissioner of Police, Kenechukwu Onwuemelie, said that the Governor, with the launch, has tightened up security in the state and made their job easier.

He assured that his command will do its best to curtail insecurity to the bearest minimum.

In an interview with the deputy chairman of Abia state council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Highness, Eze Nnamdi Ugwuala, he commended the governor for his foresight in the battle against insecurity in the state.

The monarch who hails from Isiala-Isiukwu Autonomous Community in Ugwunabor LGA of Abia state called on the government to also give much attention to the local vigilante, disclosing that the communities are receiving nothing from the government in servicing the vigilante groups.

The Governor was flanked by his deputy, Ikechukwu Emetu, the deputy speaker of Abia state House of Assembly, Austin Okezie, Lady Joy Maduka who is the state Head of Service and various Service Chiefs in the state during the unveiling.

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