Judge advises him to build industries and not hotels, so as to provide jobs and keep youths from crime

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, on Thursday said he would pay the sum of N1 million to anybody who provides security agencies with information regarding criminal hideouts, as well as the arrest of kidnappers and armed robbers in the state.

The governor announced this at a stakeholders’ forum, saying the move will combat the increasing crime wave in the state.

Okorocha, who said his administration was embarrassed by the security situation in the state, also announced that anybody who returns illegal firearms to security agencies will be rewarded.

“I am assuring everybody that wilful returns of pistols and AK 47 rifle would attract N50,000 and N200,000 respectively. This measure is part of government’s efforts to stem the tempo of youth involvement in serious crimes,” he said.

Okorocha said the sum of N100 million would be deposited in a commercial bank to start off the reward programme. He said the information received would be classified and treated with utmost confidentially.

The State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Benjamin Njemanze, while speaking at the Forum appealed to the governor to build industries that would employ the youths in the state, adding that the bulk of serious crimes the state is experiencing stems from unemployment.

Njemanze disclosed that most of his jail delivery sessions in the federal prison, Owerri, revealed that most people in jail wouldn’t have become involved in crime if they had reasonable means of livelihood.

“The prison is extremely congested. It now houses a number of persons that is far above the designed capacity of about 500. Establishment of industries will do the magic instead of the hotels your administration is planning,” he said.

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