The state administrator for Abia has issued a warning about a scheme by a non-state organisation to kidnap notable people in the state, including public officials, traditional rulers, and clergy members in the South-East state.
According to a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information, John Kalu, the plot’s goal is to use these notable people as human shields and ransom figures.
The state government has urged all residents and visitors to keep their emphasis on maintaining the state’s existing peace and order in order to avoid acts that could jeopardize the state’s progress.
The statement reads;
Abia State Government has uncovered plots by renegade members of a non state group to attack and kidnap prominent persons in the state including public office holders, traditional rulers, members of the clergy, and hold them as human shield and ransom for negotiations.
While we strongly admonish those behind the dastardly plot to desist from it, we advise such high profile personalities mentioned above to exercise utmost vigilance while going about their normal duties as security agents in the country are on the trail of the arrowheads of the plot with a view to nipping it in the bud and bring those involved to justice.
Government further appeals to all citizens and visitors to keep their focus on maintaining the existing peace in the state and avoid acts that are capable of reversing the gains we have made collectively in securing the State through the understanding and cooperation of all.