Apparently rattled by the increasing cases of kidnapping in the South East geopolitical zone, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, has asked the newly appointed coordinators of Development Centres in the state to evolve measures to combat the menace and other violent crimes in their areas.
Umahi addressed the 64 coordinators, including a physically challenged woman at the Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre in Abakaliki, the state capital on Monday, warning that any of them who failed to check the menace risked trouble with his administration.
“If you allow kidnapping to take place in your development centre, either they take somebody from your development centre and go to another development centre both development centres Coordinators are in trouble. You have to do so because you ought to know the bad people in your areas,” he said.
The governor advised the Coordinators to eschew violence, and close ranks with the stakeholders to sustain peace and development in their localities.
He also warned them against all forms of discriminatory tendencies and directed that efforts should be made to bring back all the strayed members of the People’s Democratic Party to their original family which is the PDP.
Umahi also ordered the Coordinators to within one month, recover all stolen funds and properties in your development centres from politicians and from civil servants. (Vanguard)