Ebonyi state police command has said it has arrested over thirty three (33) minors who allegedly engaged in frauds, attempted abortion and violating the social distancing order of the state government.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah made this known while briefing Journalists in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi state.
She said that the minors who made up of female and male packed themselves in one room and thereby violated the COVID-19 law and social distancing order of Ebonyi state government.
The police spokesperson noted that the minors came from different states of the Federation, and have stayed for some weeks in one room.
She further noted that the minors were arrested following a tip-off by a resident who accused them of engaging in immoral acts in the one-room apartment.
According to her: “We arrested 33 children between the ages of 17 years to 23 years. They were 33 in a one room. That is not their parents house. We asked them of what they are doing in that one room.
“They said that they are networking. And they are living in someone’s house. The owner of the house could not report to police that such persons are in his place. Not until police discovered through someone who reported to one of our police divisions.
“The minors came from different states; Ogun, Akwaibom, Cross River, Imo, Delta, Ekiti and many others. Apart from FCT and two other states, it would have completed 36 States of the Federation in one room.
“How can parents allow their children of that age to leave their houses without them knowing their way about?
“It is worrisome that, it is a mixed up of male and female staying together in one room. There was a rumour that one of the girls among them is pregnant and have taken a pregnancy pill to terminate it” she stated.
Odah, however said that there is increase in crime rate in Ebonyi, resulting from the lockdown and banning of Okada in the state but assured of the preparedness of the police command to arrest anyone found terrorizing the people of the state.
“Those touts who are no longer working have gone to the street to terrorize citizens of the state. The lockdown is almost affecting everybody, you can image that Okada Ridders are no more working.
“Many people are now trekking and by so doing those hoodlums will snatch their bags and other belongings. There is an increase in crime but the police are doing their best to curtail it. People should go home on time and be security conscious.
“We have received report of a stolen pot of soup and Jellof Rice. A woman was cooking and went inside to take something and on coming out, her pot of soup was stolen and this shows that there is hunger in the land.
“People in Ebonyi does not believe that COVID-19 is real. They would say that virus can not bear a sweet name like ‘Coronavirus’ and some of the citizens in the rural areas are even celebrating it” she noted.