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Anambra State: Obosi Monarch Calls for Unity Against Rising Criminality

In a bid to curb rising criminal activities, Obosi Monarch, the traditional ruler of Obosi community in Anambra State, Chidubem Iweka, sternly advised his subjects to abstain from engaging in robbery, kidnapping, cultism, ritual killings, obtaining by false pretence, and other forms of criminality.

During the annual ‘Obiora cultural festival’ held at his palace, Iweka emphasized that the challenging times faced by residents should not serve as an excuse for indulging in criminal behaviors. He emphasized that criminals, whether pursued by the law or divine intervention, eventually face consequences, asserting that crime and terrorism in Igboland are foreign elements.

Iweka called for urgent collaboration among Igbo stakeholders, state governments, traditional rulers, and town union leaders. He urged them to convene a consultative assembly to strategize and rescue Igboland from the grip of what he termed “imported terrorists” and ransom kidnappers.

The monarch encouraged the youth of Obosi to seek legal means of income, advocating for skills acquisition, trades, and legitimate commercial ventures as alternatives to criminal activities.

During the festival, the President-General of Obosi Development Union, Chimezie Obi, revealed proactive measures taken by the town union to combat crime. He disclosed that frequent raids on criminal hideouts have been conducted, resulting in the apprehension of eight suspected criminals with dangerous weapons.

These individuals were subsequently handed over to the police for thorough investigations and potential prosecution. Obi emphasized the community’s determination not to allow criminals to overrun the area, highlighting past incidents, including the assassination of the previous President-General, Chief Ikechukwu Okolo, due to his efforts to confront criminal elements.

IMAGE: Asaba metro news/ edits ioinews

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