Petty thefts now common in Abakaliki
Residents of Abakaliki metropolis of Ebonyi State now experience, on daily basis, the inconvenience of losing one or the other of their belongings to petty and sometimes big thieves.
Daily Trust gathered that the thieves usually storm the residents of their victims at odd hours of the night to cart away valuables.
Some of the areas worst hit by the crime include Ebebe junction, Omege Street, Udensi, Mbukobe, Nkaliki, CAS, Water Works and some
other streets within and around the capital city, Abakaliki.
Items often stolen by the hoodlums usually include major ones such as cars and minor household materials such as electronics and even staple foods.
The miscreants also resort to removing of some vital parts of vehicles of their victims where they could not steal whole cars. Car batteries, alternators, key starter, spare tyres and jacks are often removed.
It was learnt that some of the perpetrators use diabolical means to get their victims into deep sleep to enable unfettered operation while car thieves mostly use master keys.
Mr. Vincent Nweze, a resident at Nkaliki Road whose house was burgled by the hoodlums told our correspondent that they entered through his window after cutting the burglary proof.
Another victim, Eminike Onwe who spoke to Daily Trust from his Amike Aba avenue residence, wondered how the hoodlums gained access into his house through the room where he was sleeping with his wife. “The thieves must have used some strange substance on me and my wife to drive us into deep sleep before entering through our room, because I am still confused how these hoodlums entered my room. All we saw were the boys inside the room,” Onwe said.
On what happened thereafter, he recalled, “They immediately attacked me, tied my legs and arms. They threatened me with a cutlass and collected the little money in my house. They collected my laptops and belt too.”
Confirming the situation, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP George Okafor, said that the crime was common and advised residents to always report such matters for appropriate police action.