A building in Umunbo, Ayamelum local government area of Anambra state was demolished this weekend by the Anambra state government because it is alleged that the said building was being used by the owner identified as Celestine Ughamadu, for hiding kidnapped victims.
According to Mr. James Eze, the Senior Special Adviser (SSA) on media to Governor Willie Obiano, the recent demolition brings the number to 16 of such buildings that have been destroyed in recent times.
DailyPost gathered that after the building had been destroyed, the people of umunbo danced around the community in appreciation of the governor’s efforts to secure lives and property in the state.
Mr. Anthony Osita , a youth leader in the area, expressed gratitude to Governor Obiano, for sustaining the fight to flush out from the state all forms of crime and anti-social vices.
He went further to advise the youths to desist from criminal activities, but rather engage themselves in productive undertakings to enable them live useful lives, adding that the kidnapping activities has dented the image of the community.
Mr. Finihan Adeoye, the state Deputy Commissioner of Police said that Ughamadu who is now at large, kept several abducted victims in the house, as well as extorted several millions of Naira as ransom from their relatives and friends before releasing them.
“Celestine abducted many persons including a business man and the head of Assemblies of God Church in Onitsha, while also letting the building out to other gangs to keep their victims.” Adeoye said
He thereafter promised that security agencies in the state would win the war against crime.