THE Imo State Government is to strengthen security in the state, Governor Rochas Okorocha has said.
The governor spoke during a meeting with traditional rulers, Presidents- General of town unions and Transition Committee chairmen in Orlu.
He urged them to work in collaboration with security agents to curb crime in the zone.
Okorocha addressed them at Rochas Foundation College, Ogboko.
He decried the increasing kidnapping cases in the state, especially in Orlu zone.
He regretted that barely two weeks after his Operation Rescue Mission / Community Policing was launched, about six people were again kidnapped and warned that government would deal decisively with criminals.
Okorocha was accompanied to the meeting by his deputy Jude Agbaso; Brigade commander, 34FAB Obinze, Maj Gen A.I. Danpome, Commissioner of Police Mohammed Abubakar, among others.
The police commissioner said an information box had been opened at the Police Headquarters in Owerri and urged the public to volunteer information.
Agbaso urged traditional rulers to expose criminals in their communities.
House of Assembly Speaker Benjamin Uwajimogu said a law has been enacted against kidnapping.
According to him, the penalty for kidnapping is death.
Written by: Emma Mgbeahuruike