COVID-19: Armed Robbery, Hunger Increased Over Lockdown, Ban on Okada in Ebonyi

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Aliuna Uchenna

Armed robbery and acute hunger have reportedly increased in all parts of the 13 Local Government Areas of Ebonyi State, following the partial lockdown and ban on Okada by the State Governor, Chief David Umahi

Recall that Governor Umahi had at the weekend during his state Media broadcast that took place at the new government house, confirmed that there is acute hunger in the state but vowed to provide adequate palliatives to ameliorate suffering by the people in the state.

Umahi had, in the broadcast, declared total ban on Okada and private motorcycles from operating in all parts of the 13 LGAs of the State.

He equally directed security agencies to impound and sell on auction, any motorcycles caught violating this order.

Ebonyi News Network gathered that since the order was issued, there has been increase in robbery activities in the state resulting from the alleged acute hunger biting the citizens of the state.

A victim, one Chibuzor Ndukwe, who lost his motorcycle to robbers and resides at Ekwulumiri street, Abakaliki, blamed the stealing of his motorcycle on the lockdown and ban on Okada in the state.

According to him: “On Friday, I returned from work and it was my birthday and I have no money on my pocket. I packed my motorcycle and went upstairs to take my bath. Before I finished, light went off, then I came down to repack the machine because it has started raining.

“On reaching there, I couldn’t find the machine again. I rushed and reported to the landlord and he summoned a meeting of all the members of the yard and they confirmed that they saw the machine there. Although I have reported the matter to the police for further investigation and probably apprehend the perpetrator” he stated.

However, another incident took place yesterday at opposite Mr BIGs eateries, along water works Abakaliki, where a tricycle (keke Napepe) driver was crying that his tricycle was snatched from him at gun point by armed robbers.

An eyewitness who spoke to Ebonyi News Network, said “the armed robbers stopped the keke Napepe driver and as he was packing, the robbers accosted him and ordered him to surrender his key at gunpoint.

“Immediately as we saw what happened, we alerted the neighborhood watch security agencies but before they could come to the scene, the robbers had moved to unknown destination” the source stated.

When contacted, the Ebonyi state Police command who spoke through the PPRO, DSP, Loveth Odah said she is not yet aware of the development at the time of filling this report but stated the preparedness of the command to investigate into the incident.

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