Reporter : UCHE NDEKE
The Nigerian Police and Army have agreed to form a greater synergy to strengthen the security architecture in Anambra State.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Monday Kuryas, made this known when he paid a courtesy visit to the Commander, 302 Artillery, Regiment, Onitsh, Mr. Abdusalam Sambo.
There have been growing concerns over rising cases of insecurity in some parts of Anambra State, including Ayameluum Local Government Area, where a President General and some others were reportedly kidnapped within the last one week.
Apparently, this informed the decision of the Commissioner of Police to visit other sister agencies with a view to coming together to tackle the situation and secure lives and property in all parts of the state.
noted that with a strong collaboration and cooperation among the security agencies, it would be easier to police the state.
On the kidnap incident in Omor Community, the Police Commissioner said efforts were being made to ensure that the victims were rescued and the entire area secured.
“There was an incident of kidnap last week, very unfortunate one and that is why myself and other security agencies have deemed it fit to come around and re-assure the people that we are doing everything possible to unravel the circumstances that led to the incidents.
“And I can inform you that we have beefed up security in all nooks and crannies of this particular area,” the Police Commissioner assured.
He however appealed to the people to remain calm and law abiding as well as assist the security agents with relevant information.
“I am using this medium to call on all stakeholders to come forward and give us intelligence reports and support us, so that we can make this area more peaceful,” Mr. Kuryas added.
The Commander 302, Artillery, Onitsha, Colonel Abdusalam Sambo, promised to work with the police and other sister agencies in providing civil security, which is their secondary constitutional role.
“My primary duty is to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria against outside aggression, but our secondary role is to assist other security agencies in combating civil security.
“I pledge to work with you and other security agencies to ensure that the state is safe,” Colonel Sambo promised.
The two security chiefs later visited Omor Community in Ayamelyum Local Government Area, where the President General was allegedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Friday last week.
In a remark, the traditional ruler of Omor Community, Igwe Chris Chidume, described the state of insecurity in the area as unfortunate but expressed the hope that Anambra State Government and the security agencies would ensure the rescue of the abducted persons.
“The situation has been a disturbing one, and we are worried: worried in the sense that the kidnapping has been incessant and occurred three days consecutively. We are crying to the state government and security agencies,” Igwe Chidiume cried out.
The service chiefs were accompanied on the occasion by high ranking police and military officers, including the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Mr. Saliman Dogo.