The Anambra State Government in its resolve to rid the state of criminals and kidnappers on Thursday rolled out bulldozers to demolish four buildings belonging to kingpins of suspected kidnappers in the state.
The exercise which is in tandem with a law in the state that any building used for crime or built with proceeds of crime in the state will be demolished was supervised by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman A Gwary.
Gwary told newsmen at the site of the properties that one of the buildings was built by Late Pius Ozuochukwu in Okija area and was being allegedly used for keeping kidnapped victims by two of his sons and some of their gang members.
The Police boss said the suspected kidnappers most of whom were being sought by the security agencies had made over N300 million as ransom from the illicit business from their victims.
He listed some of their victims to include a bank manager and his cashier, a manager of a construction company and several others.
He disclosed that the demolishing of the buildings followed the revocation of the certificate of occupancy of the buildings in question by the state governor.
A bungalow at Uruaku in Nnewi which was also used by its owner, one Jude Okeke as a place for keeping kidnapped victims was demolished and reduced to debris.
Anambra State Governor , Chief Willie Obiano while commenting on the demolishing exercise stressed that the policy was aimed at serving as a deterrent to intending kidnappers in the State.