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 Parade 75-Year-Old Certificate Forgery Suspect

Forgery Suspect, certificate forgeryThe Anambra State Police Command has paraded two elderly suspects who are specialists in certificate forgery.

Mr Onuzulike Ude, a 75-year-old retired teacher and Mrs Evelyn Nwoke, aged 52, were arrested between May 5 and 6, following information on their documents and certificate forgery business in Awka.

Parading the suspects alongside three other suspects arrested for robbery and production of fake currency, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hassan Karma, decried the evil business of the two elderly suspects.

He said that they have forged several certificates and documents including degree certificates of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, National Youth Service Corps discharge certificates among others.

Other suspects paraded were a robbery suspect, a fake currency manufacturing specialist and a kidnapping suspect known as Jerry Gana, who claims to be an ex-soldier as well as a graduate of Biochemistry.

He was involved in kidnapping in Delta State and ran to Anambra State to hide but was caught by the Police in the state.

He had collected ransom running into millions of Naira from the victims he had kidnapped before his arrest.

The Police boss, Mr Karma, warned criminals to steer clear of Anambra State as the state would remain too hot for them.

He warned that the long arm of the law will catch up with them wherever they are hiding to perpetrate their nefarious activities.

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.

Anambra Police Caution Politicians Against Violence

policeAnambra State Commissioner of Police, Hassan Karma, has cautioned politicians in the State to stay clear of violence in the forthcoming elections or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.

This warning came on the heels of alleged violence that broke out between All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).

Mr. Karma said that politicians should learn to tolerate one another especially when it comes to mounting bill boards and displaying posters as all those cannot win elections for them rather their attitude.

Two days ago, violence broke out between APGA and PDP over space for display of posters which allegedly led to shootings, that left several people injured.

Mr. Karma advised all parents to call their wards to order and to the youths, he urged them to desist from thuggery as the police in the State is ever ready to contain and combat any issue that will bring violence.