Crime Rate Increases In Delta

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By Kenneth Orusi, The Nigerian Voice, Asaba

The two years of Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, in the saddle of Delta State as governor has been allegedly marred with the cases of incessant armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism and all forms of social vises culminating into sleeplessness across the state.

A day hardly passes by without the news of one of the mentioned crimes been heard of either in the media or orally especially those who have been victims of this maggot that have eaten so deep into the society with particular reference to Delta State.

Some of these youths who are engaged in carrying out these heinous crimes are youngsters between the ages of 10 years to 25 years, the very promising generation that the state is hoping on to be her leaders tomorrow.

Although, it is accepted that the home, which is the first society of the child has failed, religious leaders within the state have also disappointed the society, the question on the lips of Deltans, is what has the state government of Mr Okowa done to curtail this monster?

The saying that the “rich also dies”, could be likened to the recent alleged armed robbery attack on two commissioners in Delta State, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Pastor (Mrs) Omatshola Williams and her counterpart in Science and Technology, Mr Joyce Overah, who were said to have escaped death when some hooligans allegedly invaded the Commissioners quarters, carting away several of their valuables over the weekend.

Contacted the Commissioner of Information, Patrick Ukah, denied that there was no case of armed robbery.

Hear him: “there was no case of armed robbery in the commissioners’ quarters. It was a case of burglary”.

Corroborating the case of ceaseless crime in the state, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Zanna Ibrahim, on the 22nd of June 2017 paraded over a 100 suspects in involved in the aforementioned crimes across the state.

In the text of the police boss, he noted that the arrests of these bandits were made in various locations across the three senatorial districts of the state in possession of illegal fire arms to carry out armed robbery, kidnapping, cult related activities and snatching of cars.

As the race to the 2019 general elections gathers momentum in the state, it is an open secret that there are alleged proliferation of weapons into the state and the country by politicians who wants power at all cost. One is compared to express worries of what would possibly happen then.

It is therefore a clarion call on the state governor and security agencies in the state to beef up surveillance and ensure that this epidemic called crime could be brought to the barest minimum.

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