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.

Police March Against Corruption In Anambra

Police March Against Corruption In AnambraOfficials of the Anambra State Police Command have taken to the streets of Awka, the capital city to march against corruption of any kind in the force.

Leading the march, the state’s Police Commissioner, Sam Okaula, says that the command is set to change the public perception of the police as being corrupt.

He adds that they are also ready to set a new agenda that would truly portray the force in the proper light.

Mr Okaula disclosed that the directive was from the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, stressing that it was also in line with the anti-corruption campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He vowed to sustain the anti-corruption war in the state, noting that all Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers have been mandated to preach the message in their areas of operation.

The march, which caused gridlock on the roads, drew the attention of residents who asked pertinent questions, especially with regard to issues of bail and other charges by the police.

The spokesperson for the command, Mrs Nkiru Nwode and another officer from the legal department of the Awka Area Command, Felix Ogbeamanam, enlightened the people on the procession.

They said that corruption would be nipped in the bud if every citizen understands that the giver is as guilty as the receiver and are equally liable to same punishment.

Eight Arrested Over Attack on NTA Onitsha Station

NTA_OnitshaThe Anambra State Police Command on Wednesday arrested eight suspects in connection with an attack on Nigerian Television Authority station in Onitsha.

The suspects were reported to have carried the attack in the early hours of Wednesday, before they were repelled by police officers on duty.

The Anambra Police Commissioner, Mr am Okaula, said with the gates locked, the suspects made their way through the bush and set the Star Times store and a toilet on fire.

Mr Okaula also noted that “they left a locally made explosive device at the security post and tried to detonate it with gunshots.”

He added that the Anti Bomb Squad have defused the device and promised to beef up security in the area.

NDLEA Seizes Methamphetamine Worth 1.7 Billion Naira

drugscartelThe Anambra State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has intercepted 25.2 kilograms of Methamphetamine worth 1.7 billion Naira from a vehicle carrying the dangerous substance.

Addressing journalists at the Onitsha Command of the Agency on the latest development, the State Commander, Mr. Sule Momodu, says the command received intelligence information of the shipment of the dangerous drugs into the state for onward movement to Lagos.

In a swift stop and search exercise, the agency luckily intercepted the substance and arrested a 31 year old suspected hard drug dealer, Vincent Chidiebere.

Mr Momodu said the chemicals used for the production are highly toxic and can cause permanent destruction to the ecosystem while posing a serious health hazard to the community where it is produced.

He reminded the public that Governor of the state, Willie Obiano has pledged a reward of half a million Naira to anyone with information on where the substances are being produced within the state and assured of the readiness of the command, with support from the public in the area of information, to fight the illicit drug production and peddling in the state.

In a similar development, the Anambra state Police Command also paraded 20 suspected cultists and another notorious armed robbery suspect.

The new State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sam Okaula, reiterated his crime fighting commitment and warned all criminal elements in Anambra state to relocate as the prevailing peace and security in the state can never be compromised.

Mr. Okaula said he has directed the Divisional Police Officers, Area Commanders and Heads of Departments to display their numbers for the public to access, as his own would also be displayed to ensure a collective attack on crime and criminality in the state.

Anambra Polls: Police IG Orders Restriction Of Movement

The Nigeria Police High Command has ordered a restriction of movement within the boundaries of Anambra State with effect from 6.00pm on Friday, 15 November, to 6.00am on Sunday, 17 November, 2013.

Consequently, all states contiguous to Anambra State – the states of Delta, Enugu, Imo, Abia will be heavily policed. However, those on essential duties are not affected by this order.

The force has sternly warned all security details to desist from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election. It reiterates that only police personnel specifically assigned for election duties must be seen within and around the election designated places.

The Police High Command noted that the restriction order is informed by the demands of overriding security considerations. Noting that the force is not ignorant of the citizens’ right to freedom of movement, as enshrined in the constitution, it however insists that this is a pre-emptive measure aimed at forestalling elaborate plans by faceless groups to undermine the electoral process as gathered through intelligence reports.

The apex police authority therefore, while empathizing with the citizenry over the inconveniences the order may cause, implored them to see this order as very necessary in the present circumstance and geared towards the quest for a seamless, credible and successful governorship election.

The force also suggested that travellers should take advantage of alternate routes to their destinations where necessary within the days, Friday 15 – Sunday 17 November, 2013, that this order is in force.

Anambra Police Parades Robbery Suspect

Officers of the Anambra state Police Command, Awka, have arrested an armed robbery suspect who had in his possession over N6 million, a pistol and six rounds of live ammunition.

Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Bala Nasarawa, while parading the suspect said the he confessed to have gotten the money through a robbery operation along Building Materials Market, Ogidi, in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.

Mr. Nasarawa maintained that the effectiveness of the police in recent times in the state is a clear indication that they are adhering strictly to the ideals of the code of conduct launched in the state recently in line with the transformation agenda of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar

However the suspect was not allowed to speak as the matter was said to be still under investigation.