Anambra Police Arrests Robbers, Rapists And Assasins

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Anambra state have arrested three gangs terrorizing some areas of the state.

The gangs were operating in the Nnewi, Awka, Aniocha and Orumba local government areas of the state.

The three gangs arrested separately and paraded at the Headquarters of SARS in Awkuzu, Anambra state,were alleged to be specialists in armed robbery, assassination and rape.

Addressing journalists, the Anambra state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka said the suspects who are 16 in number, while one lost his life during a gun battle with the police, have been terrorizing Onitsha, Nawfia, Enugwu-agidi, Agulu, Awka, Nnewi, Oko and Awgbu.

The arrest, according to him, will bring respite to people living in those areas.

Some of the suspects admitted their involvement in armed robbery and other crimes while others denied.

Ekweremadu Calls For Decentralisation Of Police

Senator Ike Ekweremmadu, representing Enugu West Senatorial District, has said that the way forward for the Nigeria Police, in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is decentralization.

While delivering a paper on “Policing and National Security in Nigeria” at the 2013 Annual Lecture of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, the senator declared his stand in support for the decentralization of the police.

Sen. Ekweremmadu further called on the National Assembly to provide the framework for the establishment, structure and powers of the state police.

Professor Onyeka Nwolisa of the University of Ibadan, in his speech disclosed that his major concern is the conception of national security which pertains to democracy.

Governor Peter Obi of Anambra state in turn decried the absence of true spirit of federalism.

Speaking at the event, the US consulate advised that utmost carefulness be employed in whatever decision the country reaches as it will affect the whole black race.

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.

Police DIG Begins Sensitization On Department ‘F’

The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of F Department, Mr. Atiku Yusuf Kafur  has begun to sensitize various police offices across different states about the importance and duties of the institutions’ Department ‘F.’

The “F” department is one in charge of Audit and Inspection in the Nigeria Police Force.

Kafur embarked on a sensitization tour of states to acquaint officers of the police force with the activities that obtain in the department.

Mr. Kafur said the “F” department will be in charge of inspecting police headquarters, area commands, police hospitals and clinics, police stations and police posts with proper auditing being carried out also to ensure effective police operation throughout the country.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police arrived at the Anambra Police Headquarters in Awka and was received by the state Commissioner of Police, Bala Nasarawa. The DIG who came in the company of a foreign colleague sensitized the officers of the state police on the activities and functions of “F” department in the Nigeria Police Force.

He expressed worry that “most officers do not know the number of departments in the police force. He revealed that the departments are eight in number and the last which is the “G” department was a product of the Inspector General of Police’s transformation programme taking charge of administration, community policing, research and planning and information technology”.

For the foreign counterpart, he spoke in the area of community policing and insisted that it must be used to serve the community better when a better attitude is formed towards it.

For the State Commissioner of Police, he pleaded that a second look be taken at the state police headquarters in view of positive steps to be taken to erect a befitting edifice.

The deputy inspector general of police will visit Enugu on the same matter as well as other states in the southeast.



Senate Begins Probe Into Mystery Bodies In Ezu River

The Senate committee on Police and National Security Affairs has commenced investigation into the bizarre incident at Ezu river where twenty two decomposed bodies were found floating.

The six-member delegation led by Senator Paulinus Igwe Nwagu paid a courtesy call on Kenneth Okonkwo, the traditional ruler of Amansea, the community mostly affected by the odd event, from where they proceeded to Ezu River, the scene of the incident.

The intriguing part of the exercise took place at the conference Hall of the Government House, Awka, where the Senate committee with its chairman, Mohammed Mangoro but led by Senator  Nwagu, thoroughly cross examined relevant government functionaries and members of the public to extract information that could lead to the unravelling of the mystery of the decomposed floating corpses spotted at Ezu River on the 19th of January this year.

The Anambra state governor who was represented by the deputy governor expressed his appreciation to the committee and thanked the federal government for deeming it fit to assist the state in getting to the root of the matter.

The leader of the delegation, Senator Nwagu  cleared the air on the purpose of the probe and the grilling began with the state commissioner for Health,  Lawrence Ikeakor But it did not commence until after oath-taking which was made compulsory to show the seriousness of the exercise.

The health commissioner said it would take 48 hours for a body to decompose and autopsy examination can take one day, one year depending on the circumstance.

The Anambra State Commissioner of Police absolved himself and his men of the blames of the burial of the dead men as he also denied the arrest of MASSOB members, even though the Director of communications for MASSOB countered the police commissioner’s statement of not arresting any MASSOB member at any date or time last year and directly accused the SARS Division in Awkuzu for the crime.

Yet another Lawyer stepped forward with more revealing information pertaining to the activities in Awkuzu SARS office where his kinsmen; an elderly man was killed extra-judicially by the police in the SARS office. He specifically mentioned the name of the police officer in charge at the Awkuzu SARS station, Celestine Ani.

His presentation left all dumbfounded and the Senate committee concluded that issues arising be taken really serious with investigation and the legal practitioner’s account of the events at the SARS office must be taken seriously as it is a credible clue to unravelling the mystery of the Ezu River floating bodies.

Gov. Obi inspects road projects in Onitsha

The Anambra state government is spending about Ten Billion Naira on the on-going reconstruction of Nkpor to Amawbia road on the old Enugu/Onitsha road.

The governor, Peter Obi, revealed this during the inspection of the project accompanied by the managing director of the contracting firm.

He urged those living in the neighborhood of the construction to take full ownership of the project through supervision and forwarding of observation and complains to the appropriate bodies.

The governor said though Nkpor/Amawbia stretch is a federal road, his administration having considered the strategic importance of the road embarked on the reconstruction project of the road.

In order to enhance movement as well as boost economic activities in the state and its environs. He urged residents in the area to ensure effective supervision of government projects.

Also on the on-going reconstruction of the Onitsha/Awka/Enugu expressway, the governor expressed gratitude to the federal government for increasing the tempo of work on the project.

Inspecting the extent and quality of job done on the overhead bridge at New Parts, Nkpor, the governor accompanied by the managing director of the contracting firm was satisfied with the effort, he said work will be completed by December while the massive erosion that threatened houses in Omagba Phase One has been controlled with the water channeled into Nkisi River.

Though an appreciative measure of road construction is on-going in various parts of the state, the people say nothing could be more meaningful than an urgent attention being paid to the entire Enugu/Onitsha expressway which could only be described as a slaughter slab.