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Ikpeazu revives Bakassi Boys to fight crime in Abia

The  Abia State Government  on Tuesday evening announced the revival of the  Abia State Vigilance Services, popularly known as Bakassi Boys.
The dreaded outfit  was established  by the Orji Kalu  administration  to help fight crime in the state.

Speaking to reporters  after the state Executive Council meeting, the Commissioner for Information, Mr John Okiyi,  said  the  state government decided to  revive  the outfit  to protect lives and property in the  17 local government areas of  the state.

He said, “We want them to focus on the protection of educational infrastructure in the state and also protect local government headquarters. That’s going to be their primary function this time.”
He said  over 800  young men and women  would be recruited  after screening.
Okiyi  said the state  government   was worried over  the  destruction    of  schools by hoodlums, who also engage  in drug abuse and other criminal activities on the premises of many of the schools.

The commissioner also  said  the  Okezie  Ikpeazu  government was planning to restructure  the state civil service. However, he said  workers would not sacked.
Okiyi said the state would maximize its advantage in the production of cassava, cashew and palm produce by setting up an agro-based industrial cluster at Ubani Ibeku to process the farm produce.

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