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Two bungalows linked to a kidnap suspect Mr. Emeka Ezekwe have been demolished by the Anambra State Government at Umuihepune, Umuatu Village, Ihiala Local Government Area. Governor Peter Obi who led the demolition exercise said the war against kidnapping and other crimes in the State must be won.
The demolition followed the arrest of Mr Emeka Ezekude and recovery of arms and ammunition hidden underground in plastic containers in his premises. Among the items recovered were, one rocket grenade, three grenade propellers, two A.K. 47 riffles, zero six riffle, twenty-seven A.K 47 magazines, one hundred and seventy rounds of live ammunition and nine chains used in restraining kidnap victims.
Governor Obi said that the demolition was in line with the State government policy that any property linked to a kidnapper will be acquired by the Government and demolished.
He made clear that government will not allow anybody to benefit from proceeds of kidnap and other forms of crime and disclosed that government.
The Governor assured that government was already winning the battle as the wave of kidnap across the State has drastically reduced. He thanked the police and other security agents for their sustained efforts to rid the State of criminals and hoodlums.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, operations, Mr. Ayole Abeh said Mr. Ezekwu was a member of the kidnap gang led by Mr. Olisa Ifedike, alisas Ofeakwu who was arrested last month and whose houses have equally been demolished by the State government. Mr Abeh explained that the suspect was arrested through the statements by Mr. Ifedike alias Ofeakwu.
People of the community, Mr. Ambrose Ezekulie, Nnamdi Mbenobi and Juliana Elendu, disclosed that Ezekude has been masquerading as sand and stone supplier. They commended Governor Obi for his determination to eradicate crime in the State and assured him of total support.
The two demolished buildings consisted of nine rooms and parlour and four rooms and parlour respectively.