DEPUTY Chief Press Secretary of the Governnent of Anambra State, Emeka Ozumba, has said that Anambra had not witnessed major crimes since 2015.
He stated this in Awka shortly after receiving an award on behalf of the wife of the governor, Dr.Mrs.Ebelechukwu Obiano which was conferred on her by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Anambra State Council.
Ozumba explained that in spite of divergent opinions regarding the strides attained in security and enabling environment for investment opportunities, there is no gainsaying the fact that the state has fared better in terms of security of lives and property under the present state government.
He recalled that prior to the advent of the incumbent state government, major crimes like open broad daylight bank robberies as well as other high-profile criminalities were the order of the day in Anambra State but noted that the coming of Governor Willie Obiano witnessed a total reversal of the status quo.
The governor’s aide said, ” it is clear as daylight that the security of lives and property in Anambra State has been on the upswing. You can’t dispute that under the Willie Obiano administration.
“People could hold divergent opinions but the indices are there. Now we see private sector investments in the state. Ndi Anambra are beginning to answer the Think-home philosophy of the Obiano administration.
” There is a collolary between security and investments. We know where Anambra is between 2014 and now. Incidences of cultism are home grown distortions and when such things rear their heads, security operatives took care of it.
” It is on record that we have not had any major crime in Anambra State; be it bank robberies at least since 2015. There is no place you can’t drive to at any point in time in Anambra State. For the very first time, we have had Operation Light up Anambra.
“Major streets now have street lights. This is also for aesthetics and for security especially at night time to enable people navigate through the communities. It is the first of its kind since the creation of the state because formerly, streetlights were seen as the exclusive preserve of the state capital.”