Anambra State Governor Peter Obi on Wednesday supervised the demolition of two buildings at Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government where a large cache of arms were uncovered by the police after they arrested one Olisa Ifedike in connection with a series of robberies and kidnappings in the state on Monday.
The structures had served as the hideout of Ifedike and and members of his gang.
Some of the arms recovered in an underground armoury included 27 AK-47 rifles, 12,800 live ammunition, 143 loaded magazines, rocket launchers and General Purpose Machine Gun.
Others were six action guns, three dane guns, one Berretta pistol and 13 rocket grenades.
Apart from the underground structure, there is also an extended building with toilet facilities behind the bungalow suspected to be a cell where kidnapped victims were kept.
In a small building attached to the gate wall, there was a shrine allegedly used by the father of the suspect, Mr. Patrick Ifedike alias Ogbujingidi, said to be a native doctor.
Obi said the demolition was in line with the laws of the state providing for the confiscation and demolition of any property linked to kidnapping and other criminal activities.
The governor explained that the effort were geared toward eradicating crime and flushing out hoodlums from the state.
He added that hotels belonging to the suspect had been sealed while Abia State Government would be contacted to seal his hotel in Umuahia with machinery in motion to arrest others involved in the crime.
Obi said, “No kidnapper or criminal would be allowed to enjoy the proceeds of his illegal activities.
“The game is up for other criminals still lurking in any part of the state as government will not stop until the set objective is achieved.”
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Raphael Uzoigwe, said the police arrested Ifedike following information gathered through their intelligence network.
Uzoigwe alleged that the suspect was responsible for the recent attacks and killings of policemen and personalities in the state.
The President General, Oraifite Improvement Union, Mr. Raphael Nwike, who described the governor’s action as “a divine intervention”, lamented that the area had been held captive for a long time by activities of criminal elements.