|Victims Of Kidnapping|
Report By: Campaign For Democracy South-East Region Publicity Arm
The Campaign for Democracy (CD), South-East Region has lamented continued upsurge in Kidnapping in the South-East, which is making the zone unsafe for industrialists and businessmen and women.
This was contained in a statement issued by CD to newsmen in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The statement was signed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor, Chairman, CD South-East Region.
``It is very depressing that notwithstanding the huge amount of money the governors of the five South-East states collect each month; they, as the chief security officers, had been unable to contain the continued upsurge of kidnapping.
``It is equally decrying that an average of five persons are kidnapped per month in each state of the zone and they pay between N30 million and N20 million each.
``Which amount to about N150 million per month from wealthy individuals in a state; thus, totaling N750 million per month from the five states.
``There had been this massive exodus of industrialists, businessmen and women from the zone due to activities of kidnappers,’’ it said.
The statement said that the recent escalation of kidnapping is more rampant in major cities within the zone, which includes: Onitsha, Aba, Owerri, Awka, Umuahia, Enugu and Abakaliki, among others.
``These are the cities where most wealthy people and their families live and carry-out their daily business.
``This is making business and human security to collapse and the wealthy not free to move around within the zone due to fear of being kidnapped,’’ it said.
The statement urged governors of the zone to wake-up and arrest the situation especially as Christmas and New Year mass return of Ndi-Igbo is fast approaching.
``Also help to stop the present exodus of the wealthy people; which if not checked within some months, the economy of the zone would crumble,’’ it said.
The statement also called on mobile phones service providers to assist the police and other law enforcement agencies to track these kidnappers as they use mobile phones to network their operations. It further said that
``And efforts should be made to energize the South-East Economic Summit in order to revive the moribund industries in the zone; taking a cue from the South-South”.
``The revival of industries had become paramount so that workplaces would be created to contain youths that would likely join these bad eggs perpetrating these heinous crime,’’ it said.