Petty thefts now com­mon in Abaka­liki

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Nabob Og­bonna, 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.

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