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CRIME: Abia state govt bans keke operation from 7pm to 7am

Abia state government have banned the operations of tricycle riders popularly known as Keke in the state from 7 pm-7am in the state.

The government announced this measure after a police station was attacked by yet to be identified hoodlums.
In a statement signed by Chief John Okiyi Kalu, the Commissioner for Information, he maintained that: “No part of Abia land will be ceded to criminals operating under any guise” stressing that the hoodlums must be arrested as soon as possible.

The statement reads:
The attention of the Abia State Government has been drawn to a mindless and cowardly attack on a police station in Aba by yet to be identified armed hoodlums in the early hours of today leading to loss of precious lives and carting away of arms and ammunition.

We wish to assure members of the public that the government is working with security agencies in the state to fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly crime and bring them to justice as quickly as possible.

No part of Abia land will be ceded to criminals operating under any guise and we will not spare any resource in ensuring that the perpetrators of this dastardly act are brought to book in no distant time and the stolen arms and ammunition recovered completely.

Sadly, the arms these hoodlums have carted away from law enforcement agents will most likely be used against innocent citizens. The government, therefore, calls on citizens to avail law enforcement agencies with vital information that will lead to the arrest of the criminals and recovery of these arms.

Such information will be treated with the utmost secrecy it deserves.

Consequently, the Government hereby imposes a ban on Keke/Okada operations between 7pm and 7am in all major cities of the state starting from today, 23rd February 2021.

Once again, we call for total vigilance and prompt information from citizens to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the hoodlums. We call on banks and other vulnerable institutions to fortify security around their places of business while strongly advising all security formations in the state to remain on red alert until the situation is fully pacified.

Law-abiding citizens and visitors are advised to go about their normal businesses while maintaining vigilance as measures have been put in place to ensure their safety.

Those attacking security agents and formations only seek to engender anarchy and fear in the minds of our people but we will not allow them to win or turn our focus away from the onerous task of rapidly developing our state. We will therefore continue to support security agencies with whatever they need to foil the agenda of the hoodlums.

While we implore community leaders to be vigilant, we urge parents and guardians to take more interest in the activities of their children and wards to avoid their falling prey to criminally minded individuals.

 

 

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