Shanties, brothels, and suspected criminal hideouts located along the Uturu-Umunneochi-Lokpanta axis in Abia State have reportedly been demolished. These areas, situated near the Abia State University Uturu (ABSU) and the roads leading to Ebonyi State, Owerri (Imo State), and Enugu towards the Northern states, have been notorious for various criminal activities, including kidnapping, armed robberies, and rape, over the years.
The state government, under the leadership of Governor Alex Otti, has been actively addressing security concerns in the region. The Security Adviser to the Governor, retired Navy Commander MacDonald Ubah, confirmed this and mentioned the establishment of a security task force named “Operation Crush” as part of the efforts to combat crime in the area.
Ubah, speaking during an interaction between the Information and Culture Commissioner, Prince Okey Kanu, and journalists, emphasized the government’s commitment to making Abia the leading state in the country across all sectors, with a strong focus on security.
He issued a stern warning to those who contribute to insecurity in Abia, urging them to cease their activities or face serious consequences.
The Commissioner also shared that three additional roads, recently reconstructed by the state government to complement the previously commissioned three in Aba, will be inaugurated once the installation of solar-powered street lights is completed. He highlighted that the ongoing “lighting-up Abia” project has enhanced the state’s security and aims to create economic opportunities for Abians and investors while improving the overall aesthetics of the state.
Regarding the deteriorating condition of the Abia section of the Enugu-Okigwe-Aba-Port Harcourt Express Road, the Commissioner mentioned the recent visit of the Federal Works Minister, David Umahi, to the state. He indicated that palliative measures would be taken within the next 14 days to alleviate the challenges faced by both commuters and vehicles.
Additionally, the state is fully prepared to participate in the South East Investment/Economic and Security Summit scheduled for September 28, 2023, in Owerri, as a demonstration of its commitment to regional development and cooperation.