9th July, 2010
The police said on Thursday in Umuahia that it had destroyed 30 suspected kidnap camps in Ngwa areas of Abia State.
The Spokesman of the Abia command, ASP. Ali Okechukwu, said that the camps were destroyed by a special squad, but no one was arrested.
He said the kidnappers were fleeing from the state because of the ground and aerial patrol by security operatives.
“We will continue to chase them until they are completely wiped out of the state,â€ he said.
He said that those offering ransom to kidnappers were actually encouraging the perpetrators of the crime, pointing out that some kidnap cases were arranged.
â€œWe have appealed severally to people not to give ransom to kidnappers.
“But the families of victims always give the demanded amounts to them before informing the police,â€ he said.
Okechukwu said that the police had opened 72 information centres in the 17 local government areas of Abia for the people.
He commended the government forÂ assisting the police by providing them with vehicles and communication gadgets.
He also praised the government for providing fund for the payment of allowance of the special surveillance squad deplored to the state.