Kidnappers den uncovered in Abia Community
The Abia State government has uncovered a hidden tunnel and two schools where kidnappers keep their victims at Lokpanta in Umunneochi council area of the state.
Nigeriacrime.com gathered that the evil tunnel was discovered by the men of Operation Crush security team who raided the area.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr Ferdinand Ekeoma, explained that the hidden tunnel was made visible as the government deployed earth-moving equipment to the area.
He said; “The hidden tunnel was discovered as the state government led by Governor Alex Otti, deployed earth-moving equipment to clear the area after the criminal cartel succumbed to the superior firepower of the government-backed Operation Crush.
“We will not surrender an inch of our territory to criminals. During the launch of the Abia State Joint Security Taskforce (Operation Crush), Governor Otti ordered security agencies to ensure that all criminals, especially kidnappers making life hellish for the people of Umunneochi and other parts of the state were brought to justice and their criminal infrastructure and architecture destroyed.
“Following the massive onslaught carried out by men of Operation Crush against kidnappers and other criminal elements at Lokpanta in Umunneochi, the criminals, I mean those who managed to survive, fled the area, leaving behind traces of atrocities. One such is the hidden tunnel.
“Information from security agents has it that this tunnel served as the most effective but hidden channel through which they dropped off their victims after collecting ransom, that’s if such a person was still alive. The tunnel which was hidden is now visible because earth-moving equipment was deployed by the government to clear the place after the criminal cartel succumbed to the superior firepower of the government-backed Operation Crush.
“There have been exciting testimonies from the people of the area, especially those who returned home for Christmas which indicate that they celebrated their Christmas in peace.
“The people of Umunneochi are excited that their Governor stood up for them when they needed him most. Abia cannot serve as an abode of comfort for criminals.”