IN ORDER to enhance people oriented policing and effective service delivery in Anambra State, the Commissioner of Police, CP Mustapha Dandaura, has urged officers and men attached to Safer,
Federal Highway Patrols in the command to be more professional, proactive, firm but civil to members of the public when discharging their duties in accordance with international best practices,
The police boss who addressed them at the command headquarters, Awka, warned them against any form of extortion and corrupt practices, stating that any officer found wanting will face severe disciplinary action which may include outright dismissal from the force.
CP Dandaura also directed that the patrol teams be deployed to Onitsha for special operations to rid the area of armed banditry such as ‘one chance’ and hand bags snatching syndicates, particularly at the Bridge Head and Upper Iweka axis in Onitsha.
He equally solicited the co-operation and support of members of the public, especially as it concerns providing useful information to the police to help ward off criminal elements as well as guarantee safer and better society for all and sundry.
Similarly, the General Chairman, Police and Community Based Vigilante Group (PCBVG), Awka, Johnson Okafor, has expressed sadness over the increasing rate of killings in Awka capital territory.
He made this known during the meeting of vigilantes held at the Central Police Station, Awka.
According to the vigilante chief, “going by the reports from almost every quarter in the territory, secret cults have taken hostage of the cities within the communities in the locality”.
He called on stakeholders not to sit on the fence, asking that every hands should be on deck to curb the activities of the cultists.
Secretary general of the organization, Alloy Osunkwo, in his speech, disclosed that the group had plans to synergize with other sister security agencies within and outside the area. They asked parents to guide their children jealously against any behavior that will go contrary to the laws of the land.
The public relations officer of the body, Chief Emma Edozie, dismissed the news making the rounds that the scourge is overwhelming the vigilantes , saying that the group is going further in recruiting more personnel thereby, creating more awareness and also pushing those men of underworld into hiding. He warned both young and old to eschew behavior capable of truncating the peace of the populace.