Obiano Launches Smart Bikes Unit To Improve Anambra Security

Obiano Launches Smart Bikes Unit To Improve Anambra Security The Anambra state Governor, Willie Obiano, has launched a Motor Bikes Security Unit with 50 smart bikes to complement the already existing security operations of other special units in the state.

Along with the bikes, a set of fully kitted and well trained Police riders, were presented at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

The smart bikes possess communication gadgets to connect with other special security units in the state, such as the Sand bags, Metro, Marine and Smart Cars unit.

Presenting them to the Anambra state Commissioner of Police, Sam Okaula, Governor Obiano said the idea behind the initiative, is for them to be able to penetrate areas where vehicles may not be able to reach, as well as check snatching of items by criminals especially during this yuletide season.

“The bikes would be able to reach areas that vehicles cannot, and help check bags and phone snatching elements, the governor said.

He then charged the police to be professional in their operations and desist from taking bribe or extorting money from citizens, but rather do things differently.

The keys to the motorbikes were handed over to the Mr Okaula, who alongside the governor test ran them.

The police boss on the other hand assured the governor of the commitment of the command to continue to suppress insecurity and crime in the state.

Furthermore, following Obiano’s consistent appeal for more intervention in the state security, he used the opportunity to launch an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), also donated to Anambra state Police Command by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.

Police Arrest Crime Suspects With Toy Gun, Marijuana In Anambra Raid

89-Year-Old Man, Three Others Jailed For Land GrabbingAhead of the yuletide season, the Anambra State Police Command has commenced an aggressive crack down on crime and criminality, with renewed raid operations on criminal hideouts and dens at Ogidi, Nkpor, Obosi and Onitsha.

In a raid at the popular Nkpor Junction Market, two suspects with a toy gun and a bag containing Marijuana and stolen handsets were arrested by the Joint Security Operation Team.

Addressing reporters during the combined team operation involving the Police, Army, Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Civil Defence, the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Sam Okaula, maintained that the security infrastructure that had been established in Anambra State would never be compromise.

He assured the residents that the Joint Security Operation Team would continue with all measures to keep criminals at bay.

“We are having a joint operation with all the security agencies. It is an ongoing process.

“We are taking the war to their door steps. We are mopping up and we are going to ensure that the peace that Anambra state is known for will remain intact so that everybody will go about their lawful duties.

“These are ember months and we cannot allow criminals to come back to this state. We are working on them and we will continue to work on them. As a matter of fact, we have flash points, Ogidi, Nkpor, Obosi.

“We are focusing on these areas. We are going to target them and we are going to ensure that we rout out all those elements that are giving us some concerns.

“We want to assure Anambra people that the state is the safest in the country and they should look at it from that perspective. Any element that comes to test our resolve will definitely be dealt with,” he told reporters.

Mr Okaula said the operation would be continuous ahead of the yuletide season and all the flash points of criminal activities would continue to be patrolled, searched and sanitised, as several measures had been undertaken to ensure crime-free ember months.

He said: “It is an ongoing operation and we are not going to stop until we have these elements completely routed out of the area. That is the position we have taken on this.

“You will also want to know that we are blocking off all the outlets, we are checking elements that are coming in and going out. We have a robust stop and search process and we have been able to identify criminals and been able to arrest many of them”.

He hinted reporters of a renewed synergy and cooperation between Anambra State Police Command and the neighbouring states Police commands.

“I am in touch with Commissioners in Imo State, Enugu State and also in Kogi and all other states. We work together. We pass information across. We cross check information we get from these other commands and we have been working together effectively.

“If we have any reasons to cross over to these states to pick criminals, we will definitely do that and we have been doing that. We have received maximum cooperation from my colleagues in these states.

“Gentlemen of the Press, I want to assure you that Anambra state remains one of the safest states in the country. We are calling on all Anambra people to come home and enjoy their Christmas.

“This operation is ongoing. We will not allow any criminal to create any problem for us. They have been relocated and they should continue with where they have gone. If they come back here, they will meet their waterloo. I can assure you that,” he stressed.

MASSOB Members Stage Peaceful Procession To Mark Anniversary

MASSOB, BiafraMembers of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in Abia State on Tuesday defied the rains as they marched in a peaceful procession through Umuahia and some local government areas.

The procession was to celebrate the 17th year anniversary of the group.

Men, women and retired soldiers who call themselves ‘Freedom fighters’ were seen carrying placards and singing songs hinting that they have reasons to celebrate.

Some of them who spoke to Channels Television disclosed that they would only believe in Nigeria as one nation if things would be done differently.

They condemned what they described as recent massive killings of their fellow southerners in the northern part of the country, inequality in governance, amongst many others.

According to Evans Okoronkwo and Kingsley Nwosu, the way the country is going has become a source of concern that indicates that it is not one nation as being portrayed to the world.

Police Post Attack: 23 Arrested Over Death Of Security Guard In Anambra

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FILE: Suspects arrested in Imo State

23 suspects have been arrested over the violent attack on a police by hoodlums from Abagana, a community in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State.

A security guard was shot dead and four police officers were wounded during the attack.

Briefing journalists at the Police Headquarters, Awka, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sam Okaula, said over 200 hoodlums from Abagana, invaded neighbouring Ukpo Community in the same local government area and swooped down on a Police post, shooting and destroying properties belonging to the police.

Mr. Okaula said the hoodlums were armed with explosives and dangerous weapons and carried out “an act of terrorism following the magnitude of the attack”.

He said a team of Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) identified and defused an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), while still recovering another one at the scene.

The police boss also disclosed that one of the kingpins, one Mr. Amobi Ezekwe Ugbo, has been arrested.

It was gathered that the attack was as a result of a land dispute between Abagana community and Ukpo Community in which the land in contention had been sold to the Police by Ukpo community.

He, however, maintained that nobody should take the laws in his or her hands.

Recovered from the suspects where four pump action rifles with two live cartridges, three AK-47, three locally made pistols, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons.

 

Building Foundation Excavators Unearth Bullets In Agulu

Police-taking-out-bullets-from-the-foundationA startling cache of bullets have been evacuated from the earth in Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State in Nigeria’s south-east region.

The bullets were discovered while the foundation of a building project for a community member was being dug.

The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Sam Okaula, said several buckets were unearthed and that there were still some left which were yet to be brought to the surface.

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The bullets appear to have been underground for years

Mr Okaula told reporters that investigation had commenced to determine who buried the arms and the reason behind it.

After the discovery, disquiet crept into Agulu, with villages worried about their safety.

At the scene of the discovery, while a worker evacuates the bullets, the State Commissioner of Police said investigation would also focus on when the bullets were acquired and who bought and buried the arms.

Mr Okaula urged residents to provide relevant information that would aid investigation, while also assuring them of the commitment of the police to battling criminality.

He said that the a high powered surveillance would be put in the area to ensure the police got to the root of the matter.

Meanwhile members of the community have said they were in the dark as to who purchased and buried them.

MASSOB Protest: Deputy Senate President Condemns South-east Killings

Ike-Ekweremadu-Senate-Deputy-president on MASSOB and south-east killingsThe Deputy Senate President, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, has condemned in strong terms, the reported killing of young men and women by security operatives in parts of the South-east Nigeria.

At Tuesday’s legislative proceedings at the Senate, Senator Ekweremadu raised a point of order drawing the attention of the Upper Chamber to the bloodbath in the South-East region of the country on Monday.

The Deputy President of the Senate further noted that the country had recorded so much bloodshed in various parts of the country in the past, urging security agencies to apply caution in quelling perceived disturbances in any part of Nigeria.

MASSOB Clash With Police

On Monday members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) clashed with security operatives in some states in the south east.

Two police officials were reported killed, with some other persons injured.

Members of the groups also claimed that some of their members were killed.

Tension had started in Anambra State, as persons suspected to be members of MASSOB mounted road blocks and set bonfire in Nkpor and Onitsha causing the roads to be deserted.

According to the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hassan Karma, the suspected members of MASSOB gathered at a school in Nkpor with identifying flags emblazoned with the rising sun symbols and charms but with mission unknown.

Agitation For Biafra Republic

Also, in Asaba, the Delta State’s capital, several people were injured as a planned protest by members of MASSOB degenerated into a fight.

The MASSOB members had planned peaceful protests across south eastern states to mark 49 years of the agitation for Biafra Republic (1967 to 2016), on Monday.

The fight reportedly broke out when Police tried to disperse the protesters by firing teargas at them.

This action infuriated the protesters who allegedly reacted angrily and this degenerated into a larger fracas.

Two policemen died in the process.

The Police, however, arrested eight and wounded four members of MASSOB alleged to have been involved in the killing of the two policemen.

The arrests were made by the Delta State Police Command on Monday.

According to a statement signed by the acting Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Charles Muka, the members of the group attacked policemen and army patrol team at three locations at Cable Point and Abraka areas where they killed two policeman, injured two others and made away with one AK.47 rifle and one smoke gunner.

Herdsmen Attacks: Anambra Tightens Security Around State’s Borders

RiversAnambra State is tightening security around territorial borders, with an aerial police helicopter surveillance to search out enclaves of Fulani herdsmen in forests and bushes.

Governor Willie Obiano said that six camps of the herdsmen had been discovered at the neighbouring borders, though without any threat to the peace of the state.

He told reporters that the leaders of the Hausa-Fulani Community in the state had been instructed to visit those blocks and find out the identities of the various groups and inform them of the existing agreement between cattle herders and host communities.

Part of the agreement is a prohibition of the use of AK47 by herdsmen and the payment of compensation when farmlands are destroyed by herdsmen or cattle killed by any community.

Meanwhile, soldiers and other security agencies have been camped in Umumbo community where threats of attack from suspected herdsmen have been observed.

The aerial surveillance of the Police Helicopter covers major cities in Anambra state and then extends to interior areas and territorial borderlines of the state including thick forests, bushes and farmlands in search of any encampment of herdsmen anywhere for proper identification in order to forestall any possibilities of attack or clashes following the recent attack on a community in Enugu state.

The surveillance is the initiative of Governor Obiano with the assistance of the Inspector General of Police, as a measure to check the activities of herdsmen in and around the borderlines of the state.

According to the Governor, the surveillance has yielded fruits, as six blocks of unknown Fulani herdsmen have been discovered though without any threat to the peace of the state in the meantime.

Proactive actions for proper identification of the herders are being put in place through the Hausa-Fulani leaders in the state.

Aside the aerial surveillance, the Governor also enjoined the police to patrol with the smart cars provided by the state government in the night and ensure that herdsmen moving their cattle in the night do not constitute another menace on the roads either by causing accidents or blocking the road.

The State Commissioner of Police, Hassan Karma, said that the surveillance team was well equipped to track down criminals while also responding to distress calls from threatened communities.

Umumbo is one of the threatened communities in Ayamelum Local Government Area of the state which shares boundaries with Enugu state.

The surveillance team arrived with the Commander of 302 Artillery Regiment of Onitsha Military Cantonment, Colonel I.M. Abdullahi, to ascertain the security situation in the area of which he received assurances that everything was under control according to the President General of the community, Anthony Okafor.

Police Sensitizes Stakeholders, Citizens On Security Awareness In Anambra

police obianoThe Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hassan Karma, says adequate deployment has been made in various border areas of the state following, the recent attack on Nimbo community in Enugu state which shares a common boundary with Anambra state at Ayamelum Local Government Area axis.

The Police Commissioner revealed this during a one day Security Awareness Dialogue organized by the office of the Secretary to the Anambra state government in conjunction with Anambra state Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka.

The seminar which targets security consciousness among citizens in the prevailing circumstance of the time afforded participants the opportunity to understand their role in the cause of effective maintenance of security which involves community vigilance and support for the law enforcement agencies.

Delivering his speech on the role of the Nigeria Police in Internal Security, the Anambra state Commissioner of Police stated that crime has gone nuclear with its lethal and sophisticated disposition and therefore should be prevented at all cost, just as the state has commenced proactive security of the borders of the state following the Fulani Herdsmen attack on Nimbo community of Enugu state.

The participants were also urged to assist the law enforcement agencies with useful information on criminals and their activities as well as participate actively in the security of their environment by also supporting the community-based vigilante groups for proper internal security operations that will lead to crime detection and prevention.

Anambra Community Gets New Police Station, Patrol Van

AnambraThe Commissioner of Police in Anambra State has commissioned a permanent Police station and a Hilux Police Patrol Vehicle in Awgbu community of the state.

Addressing the residents, Mr Hassan Karma commended their initiative in contributing to the development, saying it was worthy of emulation by all and sundry.

He encouraged them to sustain the tempo of support for the Police and always report suspicious characters and movements in the community to ensure a safe and secured environment.

The Police Commissioner recalled that Anambra State was formerly regarded as an unsafe place to live in or do business due to the alarming rate of violence but the cooperation of the Police, other security agencies, the state government and the people of the state has helped to reduce the trend of crime.

He assured the people that the new Police station would assist the Divisional Police Headquarters while urging the Divisional Police Officer of Ajalli Division to take proper charge of the new police station.

The Local Government Chairman, Okey Enekwe, called for a new Police division to be created in the LGA to serve over five communities, as well as help in combating border clashes with the neighbouring Enugu State.

The President-General of the community, John Onwuka, also thanked the community for rallying to achieve the feat, stating that the communities must not return to the days when jungle justice was meted on the people by some elements in the traditional community police.

 

Anambra Police Dismiss Rumours Of Heavy Blockage At Onitsha Bridge Head

OnitshaThe Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hassan Karma, has dismissed rumours that the traffic gridlock at the bridge head axis of Onitsha is caused by military checkpoint.

The Police Commissioner said that despite the influx of people into the state, the security agencies have been doing their best to ensure the road is not congested.

He blamed the impatience among motorists and other road users for the traffic situation in the area.

Mr Karma also cautioned citizens against unnecessary exaggeration of situations or raising false alarm, saying this would not be beneficial to anybody.

Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have been in charge of directing traffic in and out of the state.

Criticisms Trail Anambra Gas Explosion

AnambraComplaints, blames and confusion by some residents have trailed the gas plant explosion in the industrial town of Nnewi, Anambra State.

While some of the residents in the area complained that the site of the gas plant was abnormal, others blamed the company’s activities for the ugly incident.

They accused the company of engaging in supply and delivery of cooking gas at the same time to a very large crowd of customers which aggravated the leakage that led to the explosion.

The explosion, which occurred on Friday in Nigeria’s southeast region, was so intense that nearby buildings were destroyed, while a block industry, construction garage and farmlands were not spared.

Some occupants of one of the affected buildings, Obinna Okeke and Emmanuel Ezeani, said that their matriarch was burnt to death while the building was badly damaged.

They condemned the location of the gas plant, asking for it to be removed from the residential area.

As the blames and the accusations went on, the incident was also accompanied by conflicting reports of the number of deaths recorded.

While the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Hassan Karma, said that the death toll stood at eight and the injured was six, one of the residents, Benedict Nwachukwu, claimed otherwise, saying he counted up to 62 corpses, but could not say when the bodies were moved and where they were kept.

Also reacting to the differing death figure was the former Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Virgy Etiaba, who made a fact finding visit to Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital Nnewi, where the bodies of the victims were said to have been kept.

Information gathered at the hospital, in the absence of the Chief Medical Director was in consonance with the account of the state’s Police Commissioner confirming eight dead and six injured with only five bodies in the morgue.

The mortician at Nnewi Diocesan Hospital also said that no corpse from the accident was deposited in the hospital morgue.

Stricken with grief over the calamity that befell his subject and owner of the gas plant, the traditional ruler of Nnewi, Igwe Kenneth Orizu,  sympathised with him and the entire Nnewi community.

Anambra PDP Seeks Arrest Of Parallel Executives

pdpThe Anambra State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Ken Emeakayi, has called on the Police to close down all unlawful PDP Secretariats wherever they may be located in the state.

The Chairman also called for the arrest of any parallel executive or anybody impersonating the state Chairman or Executive of the party, so as to avoid crisis and anarchy in the state.

Mr Emeakayi made the request on Sunday while briefing reporters in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

He stressed that the party would no longer fold its arms and watch activities of groups that parade as PDP executives continue to cause confusion in the state, even after a letter from the National Secretariat of the PDP to Anambra State Police Commissioner had laid to rest issues concerning the party leadership in the state.

The National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, had in a letter to Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Hassan Karma, cleared the air on who the authentic State Chairman of the party is.

The Chairman said that some members of the party, who felt the entire party faithful were not carried along, maintained other secretariats aside the PDP State secretariat at No 1 Ezidiegwu Road, Udoka Housing Estate, Awka, the capital of the state.

Mr Emeakayi described the action as illegal and unauthorised, saying the use of the name and logo of the PDP should no longer be tolerated.

In a swift reaction to the request for apprehension of parallel executive and the closure of illegal secretariat, the State Commissioner of Police acknowledged the receipt of a letter from the National Secretariat of the PDP affirming Mr Emeakayi as the authentic Chairman.

Mr Karma acknowledge that other groups were still laying claims to the position, citing court judgment. He said that Police would not want to meddle with political party affairs, but advised that the party should keep to the path of peace.

Though the position of the Police was that they would not embark on any arrests until a court authority backs the orders, the Chairman insisted that the Police should not renege in the discharge of their duties with a flimsy excuse that the matter was an internal affair of a political party.

He said: “The Police are a creation of the 1999 Constitution with assigned roles of crime prevention and apprehension of offenders, so also registered political parties which are also governed by the various provisions of the constitution”.

Mr Ekeakayi was declared the Chairman of Anambra State PDP on July 26 by the Congress Committee Chairman of the party, Mr Ike Abonyi.