Security operatives have arrested 30 suspected kidnappers and criminals in Imo state.
It was gathered that the criminals were arrested during a Monday raid, by a joint security team, on camps in Orsu local government and Uli community in Ihiala local government area of Anambra state.
The raid also led to the release of traditional ruler of Ihube autonomous community in Okigwe local government aream, Acho Ndukwe, who was kidnapped on Sunday December 12.
However,to the arrests made, Governor Hope Uzodinma commended the military. He also wondered why an entire local governments like Orsu local government would be abandoned in the hands of “criminals and cannibals”.
Uzodinma also said the arrests were a sign the new strategy for combating insecurity in the state was working.
“I want to commend the security agencies in Imo State, the DSS, the army, the navy, the police, the civil defense, all of them, for putting their heads together and making sure that, at least, Imo people come home to celebrate Christmas.
“It has been been a great thing of worry, wondering how entire local governments like Orsu local government would be abandoned in the hands of criminals and cannibals.
“From what we have seen, you will agree with me that these are criminals and bandits who have no future, no plan, who are killing human beings and roasting human beings, eating human beings, cannibals. How else are we supposed to treat these kinds of idiots, if not to ensure that the law takes its course.
“Often times we discuss our strategies and before they will be implemented, it is foiled by the group. Because of mutual suspicion, we have agreed to only discuss at the end of every operation.
“I don’t want to encourage security agencies to tell anybody how they intend to continue this fight. But I know the new strategy is working and my government will give them every support they need to ensure that there is peace in Imo State and then Imo people will be better off for it.”