Abia Government Receives The Three Ikwuano LGA Rescued Abducted Siblings

...pleads with parents to take security, comfort and safety of their children very seriously

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Abia State Governor Dr Alex Otti OFR has formally received the three  rescued abducted children from the same parents in Amaoba-Ime Oboro, Ikwuano LGA.

The three children,Gideon 8, Divine 6 and Israel 4 were abducted while returning home from school on May 10, 2024.

Receiving the children alongside their parents and other well wishers at his residence in Nvosi in Isiala Ngwa South LGA saturday, the Governor thanked God and all those who worked hard to ensure their release.

He expressed joy that the children have finally been reunited with their parents and used the forum to admonish parents to be more careful about the safety and security of their children.

“I will like to also admonish parents to be more careful because this was avoidable. First of all, you should not hand over your children to people you do not know, be they Keke or Okada riders. There is nothing you’re doing that is more important than looking after your children. That is my word to parents, grandparents and everybody who has something to do with one Abia child or another.

It is very very important that we take their security, comfort and safety very seriously. A lot of lessons have been learnt from this and I believe we shouldn’t let this kind of thing repeat itself.”

He however implored security operatives who took part in the rescue operations to follow through and ensure that everyone involved in the abduction is prosecuted and brought to book to serve as deterrent to others.

The Governor pledged that the government would support the rescued children in the best way that it deemed fit and recommended that communities go back to the positive culture of seeing all children as their own.

He reassured of his administrations commitment to secure the State and develop the economy, pointing out that this cannot be possible without security.

“One of the promises that we made to our people is that we must secure the State. Even if it was not our intention to secure the State; but because it is our intention to develop the state and grow our economy, none of those can happen without security.

“So when you see me working very hard, visiting security agencies and their heads, it is to sit down and be able to map out a security architecture that works for all of us.”

Governor Otti further served criminals in the State a notice that Abia is not safe for them as government has put in place a robust security architecture, adding that government is creating an economy where everyone that has genuine business will participate.

“I had told criminals, I have sent them notice that this place cannot contain themselves and us; one person must run away. And unfortunately I’m not the one that would run, because I have the mandate of the people and I have the mandate of God. So it’s the evil ones that would run away, even to start running before somebody starts pursuing them and that is what we are seeing.

“We are also creating a robust economy that will accommodate everyone that has a genuine intention and genuine job to do.”

Narrating how the children were rescued, the Mayor of Ikwuano Comrade Osinachi Nwaka, said the rescue unfolded in three stages, pointing out that he personally led the first operation in Ekwulobia Anambra State.

While describing the rescue as a remarkable triumph, Osinachi Nwaka saluted the unwavering commitment of the Governor and security agencies and commended Governor Otti for restoring safety and security in Abia.

Earlier the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters Commander MacDonald Uba (Rtd) lauded the optimism of the Governor which gingered the Mayor and others who participated in the operation and described him as a father.

Lending his voice, the member representing Ikwuano State Constituency Honorable Boniface Isienyi said the rescue operation was not an easy task adding that it took God’s grace to make it possible.

He disclosed that he would be proposing a bill in the coming days that would make it mandatory that anyone who wants to run a motherless babies home should be registered with the State Ministry of Women Affairs to make their existence legal.