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.

Obiano Assures Anambra Flood Victims Of Permanent Solution

Obiano Assures Anambra Flood Victims Of Permanent SolutionAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has assured some victims of the recent flood in the state of immediate intervention and permanent solution.

The Governor’s statement is sequel to a heavy down pour on Saturday, that washed away the properties and means of livelihood of some residents of Iboro layout, Obosi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State in Nigeria’s south-east region.

The flood, which ravaged vehicles, farmlands and ripped open the only access road to the layout, left residents crying for immediate and prompt intervention.

The residents attributed the cause of the flood to the improper channeling of waterways by a construction company, during the rehabilitation of Ezeiweka Road in Awada Obosi.

Inspecting the area, Governor Obiano expressed sympathy to the victims and revealed that he had directed the Anambra State Ministry of Works to assess the flood pattern and find a permanent solution to the menace for the safety of the people.

He also visited the site of the collapsed Nkisi Bridge at Three-Three GRA Road in Onitsha.

Officials of the Ministry of Works were on emergency response at the sites of the mishaps and had also commenced reconstruction work on the bridge.

There had been complaints that the collapse was caused by illegal structures built on waterways which blocked free flow of the heavy water at the bridge.

Governor Obiano then ordered the immediate demolition of all buildings erected on the waterways, which caused the worrisome incident that left many motorists and cyclists trapped in a traffic jam.

Obiano Commissions Nkpor To Amawbia Road In Anambra

governor obianoThe 28.2 kilometer stretch of road from Nkpor to Amawbia, built at over nine billion naira has been commissioned in Anambra state.

Governor Willie Obiano, during the commissioning of the road at the Nkpor round about axis, commended the contractor for a quality job done.

The road which he says cuts across over seven communities which includes: Ogidi, Ogbunike, Umudioka, Umunnachi, Ukpo, Abagana, Enugwu-ukwu, Nawfia, among others, will bring huge relief for the people as traffic congestion which Nkpor Junction is known for will be a thing of the past.

The construction began in 2008, under Former Governor, Peter Obi’s administration which saw to the completion of about 13 kilometer of the road.

The governor said the commissioning was in line with his campaign promises of completing, commissioning and commencing new projects in the state.

Addressing the people, Governor Willie Obiano urged the surrounding communities and road users to take ownership of the road and avoid harmful practices that will reduce the life span of the road.

The state Commissioner for Works, Lawrence Chinwuba, explained that the road cost the state over nine billion naira and it has the full compliments of a standard road infrastructure with the lighting project to be completed soon.

The governor also commissioned the two point one kilometer PHCN road at Awada Obosi.

Governor Obiano also commissioned the 1.2 kilometer PHCN road at Awada Layout, Obosi, with its appurtenances which cost 490 million naira.

Ngige Takes Campaign Train To Nanka, Ichida And Obosi

The flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress in the Anambra state governorship election, Senator Chris Ngige is getting more support and endorsements from individuals and groups, including traditional rulers, as he continues his campaign tour of communities in the state.

Senator Ngige visited Nanka, Ichida, Enugu Ukwu and Obosi to seek the votes of the electorate in the November 16 governorship poll.

Accompanied by senior officials of the party and delegates from the United States embassy in Nigeria, Senator Ngige made his way to Austica Memorial College in Nanka, Orumba north, where a funeral reception was being held for the late mother of the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Awka.

The APC governorship candidate then proceeded to address party supporters at the town’s square.

From Nanka, the APC governorship candidate headed to the palace of his Royal Majesty, Charles Ezeudogu, the Igwe of Ichida, in Aniocha local government area, where he got endorsements from the Monarch and his Council of Chiefs.

The Ngige campaign train then began their journey to Obosi not just to campaign, but to also felicitate with the people of the community on the occasion of the Ofalla festival.

The route leading to the mini stadium was filled with crowd of people, making it difficult to ply, as everyone wanted to catch a glimpse of the APC candidate.