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Abia uncovers plots to kidnap prominent residents, defraud students

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Abia State Government, yesterday, disclosed that it has uncovered plots by a group to attack and kidnap prominent persons in the state including public office holders, traditional rulers, and clerics for payment of ransom.

State Information Commissioner, John Okiyi Kalu, who stated this in a special government announcement, admonished those behind the plot to desist or face the full weight of the law, as the government would not leave any stone unturned to arrest and prosecute them.

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He also advised prominent persons being targeted to be cautious and vigilant, while going about their normal duties adding: “Security agents in the country are on the trail of the masterminds of the plot with a view to foiling their plans and bringing them to justice.”

Kalu further stated that the state government appealed to all citizens and visitors to maintain the prevailing peace in the state and avoid acts capable of reversing the gains made collectively in securing the state through the understanding and cooperation of all.

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IN another government announcement made by Prof. Anthony Agbazuere, Chief of Staff (COS) to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, the state government expressed reservations that one Wogu Alozie, a Director in the Ministry of Education, wrote letters to primary and secondary schools ordering the payment of ₦500 from each student without the governor’s approval.

He said Alozie wrote the letters for the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary without the Permanent Secretary’s consent, but agreed to the dishonest act and that the police has arrested him (Alozie) to unmask the syndicate behind the directive.

Agbazuere warned those who allegedly pad salaries under the pretense of government officials to defraud people or engage in corrupt practices to rethink their actions or prepare to face the consequences under the laws of the land.

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