The newly posted Imo State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Mr Stephen Lar, has warned oil pipeline vandals, illegal miners, oil thieves and perpetrators of all other related crimes to stay off the state.
In his maiden briefing with newsmen in Owerri the Imo State capital, he said that the command has renewed drive to fight economic saboteurs in the country.
Mr Lar revealed that the command has commenced training and retraining of its staff to meet up with the present day challenges of oil pipe vandalism, kidnapping, oil theft and illegal mining.
He added that several officers of the command have been deployed to most of the oil producing areas of the state to mount active surveillance on oil installations to prevent any act of economic sabotage.
Mr Lar said that the command will not hesitate to punish anyone found guilty of any economic sabotage, which is a mandate given to them by the federal government.
While assuring Imo citizens of dedication and commitment to tackling crime in the state, Mr Lar called on officers and men of the command to cooperate with the new leadership in order to achieve their desired goals.
The Imo State Government has appealed to the United States to furnish the state government with a comprehensive list of all Imo citizens serving jail terms in their country.
This appeal is coming from Governor Rochas Okorocha when he was visited by the United States of America Consular General, Mr John Bray in Owerri, Imo state capital.
Governor Okorocha said the reason is to get details of the offenses committed to know if they have been tried and convicted, because some of them are languishing in various prisons over offenses they did not commit.
He appealed to the U.S Consular General to use his good office to revisit some of these cases with a view to release the innocent ones, especially those who are willing to return to Nigeria, in order to enjoy the dividends of the new administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
In response to this, the US Consular General, Mr John Fray, who had a closed door meeting with the governor on some of the issues raised, said he is ready to partner with the state government.
Mr Fray added that the aim of his visit is to familiarize with people of the state, get acquainted with the socio-cultural pattern and way of life as well as know certain challenges faced by people in this part of the world.
The Imo state police command has arrested a 30-year old man, Mr. Onyebuchi Ejinkonye who allegedly raped a 4-year old girl to death in Omuma Oru east local government area of Imo state.
Parading the suspect at the command headquaters in Owerri the state capital, the Imo State Commissioner for Police Mr. Mohammed Katsina revealed that his team caught Mr. Onyebuchi Ejinkonye while he was trying to bury the corpse of the 4year old girl after raping her to death.
Mr. Katsina also paraded some kidnap suspects, armed robbers as well as fraudsters who had been terrorizing the peace of the state.
He called for the cooperation of Imo citizens by giving the police meaningful information regarding to criminal hide outs and their movement.
He advised criminals in the state to go into hiding as he will not take it likely with their lot.