Reporter : ONYINYE CHIJIOBI
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has pledged the commitment of the force towards reducing crime to a minimal level in the country.
Mr. Adamu stated this in a message to a meeting with transition committee chairmen, traditional rulers, presidents-general, youth leaders and the State Chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo held at Professor Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre, Awka.
The interactive session was conveyed by Governor Willie Obiano to brainstorm on novel ways to better secure communities in the state.
The IGP, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Finance and Administration, Mr. Joseph Egbunike, said that vigilante architecture in Anambra was unique and being emulated across the country.
He explained that the meeting was convened to stress the importance of security in the development efforts of the state.
“I assure you that every support the governor and your team wants from the police you will have it. we are ready to assist Anambra State maintain the already established peace in the area,” the police boss promised.
According to Mr. Egbunike, the meeting was important in view of the security challenges being witnessed in various parts the country.
Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Monday Kuriyas, pledged that the police would continue to provide security and safety to Anambra State residents.
The Police Commissioner, however, noted that the support and collaboration of public spirited citizens would help greatly in ensuring that criminal elements in the state were made to face the wrath of the law.
Some traditional rulers, members of Ohaneze Ndigbo and youth leaders from various senatorial zones took turns to air their views on how to sustain the existing peace in the state.
They, however, stressed the urgent need for the state House of Assembly to enact laws that would deal with drug offenders, cultists and other crimes.
“We will take the massage down to the people, we also commend the state government for the the measures put in place, we can not talk about crime without dealing with the issue of cultisim and drug abuse.
“The issue of security must take its pride of place, and in Orumba North and South we have the problem of farmers-headers clash that needs police and government urgent attention,” two of the participants remarked.
Earlier, Governor Willie Obiano, remarked that security remained his top priority to drive investments and economic activities for the benefit of indigenes and non-indigenes.
Governor Obiano said that after the ongoing census of cattle breeders, itinerant cattle rearers would not be allowed into the state anymore.
He commended security agencies, traditional rulers, Presidents-General and other critical stakeholders for assisting the government in achieving the feat the state had recorded in the area of security.
“Without security, we are dead on arrival and that is why it is everybody’s business. If we realize that it is everyone’s business it will go a long way to help us in what we are doing,” the Governor stated.
Governor Obiano called on traditional rulers to bring youths into their cabinet to keep them abreast with issues in their communities and help fight crime in their localities.
Security chiefs and top government functionaries were present at the security meeting.