Posted On 24 Nov 2016
By Kingsley Ezekwelu
The State government has intensified efforts to keep the state safe from every form of criminality during the yuletide celebrations.
Consequently, a special operation to mop up the residue of criminals and their cartels was over the weekend carried out in the State.
The Joint Security team armed to the teeth comprised men of the Nigerian Army, the Special Anti-robbery Squad, (SARS)unit of the Police, the Department of State Services(DSS), and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA).
The team has since assumed operations which saw them raid major parks in Nkpor, Onitsha, Okpoko and Obosi, where some suspected criminals and drug dealers were arrested and currently undergoing investigation with a view to being charged to court as soon as possible.
Upon storming the major motor park at Nkpor, the Security operatives, working on a tip-off, had apprehended a suspect with a toy gun hoisted to his waist and cellphones of various kinds.
Among other items seized by the men were satchets of Indian Hemp hidden in wooden stalls in the parks, knives and other dangerous weapons, amongst other things.
According to the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Sam Okaula who addressed journalists after the operation explained that it was an ongoing exercise aimed at taking the security war to the doorsteps of the criminals in ensuring that the peace and security that the state is known for was sustained during the Christmas/New Year celebrations and beyond.
He acknowledged that being ember months, there is the tendency that due to greed, some people who have their minds on crimes and criminality might resurface adding that the exercise was significantly to sound a note of warning that Anambra remains a no-go area for them.
Mr Okaula enumerated some of the measures now put in place by the police to beef up security during the yuletide to include robust ‘Stop and Search’ activities, Patrols, Surveillance at strategic flashpoints and the state boundaries, as well as collaboration in activities with sister security agencies rout out all criminal elements from the State.
The Police chief said the command was working in collaboration with their neighbouring counterparts in the area of intelligence gathering/sharing as according to him, security threat in one area was security threat everywhere.
He assured the people that they were committed to ensuring that Anambra remain the safest state in the country and any criminal element that attempts to test their resolve, will be decisively dealt with.