GOVERNOR Willie Obiano has called on the security agents and people of the state to fish out all criminal elements that were involved in the destruction of public and private facilities across the state.
Governor Obiano gave the directive when he visited some of the facilities destroyed in parts of the state.
The governor was in company of all the security commanders in the state including the Police, Army, Navy, DSS, among others. Places visited included: police stations in Osumeyi, Ogidi as well as Central Police Station, Oraifite and the Area Command, Nnewi.
For the past three weeks, different protests and unrest marred the #EndSARS protest resulting in destruction of police stations and private property.
At Osumenyi, the DPO and two police officers lost their lives to the violence, four vehicles were burnt, while their property was vandalised.
At area Command Headquarters, Nnewi, over 10 vehicles including an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), building were burnt, no life was however lost.
While appreciating the youths for helping to an extent to bring the situation under control, Governor Obiano said that the visit was to personally access the damages, calling on notable community members to galvanize and continue supporting the police for a quick comeback.
He expressed sadness at the level of destruction by hoodlums, who hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest, alleging that the attack on public and private institutions in Nnewi North and South Local Government Areas was planned within the city and perpetrated with the aid of motorbikes.
Obiano encouraged police personnel to continue to show gallantry and display professionalism in their day-to-day operations.
” I believe that the police men have learnt their lessons while the protest lasted. I call for increased professionalism, canvassing for support for their youth and the vigilante, who will turn their support to the police for maximum security,” Obiano said.
He warned against harassment of law enforcement agents in Anambra State.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police, John Abang, while regretting that some officers lost their lives in the line of duty, also noted that major equipment and utility vehicles were destroyed by the invaders.
At Ogidi Police Station, Mr Abang, who explained how they were able to repeal the hoodlums, stated that some of the facilities were not completely razed down because of the gallant resistance by men of the force.