As part of its efforts to flush the state of criminals and provide a secure and peaceful atmosphere for Christmas, New Year festivities and even thereafter, the Anambra State Police Command has launched special hunt for criminals, and, consequently arrested about 124 suspected criminals, recovering many arms and other dangerous weapons in the process.
Investigation by LEADERSHIP Sunday showed that while about 37 of the suspects have been charged to court, 34 others are still undergoing investigation to ascertain the level of their indulgence in criminality, about 53 of the suspects have been released after discreet investigation showed that they were actually innocent.
The suspects were arrested during raids carried out in various parts of the state within the past two weeks by the men of the state police command, including the Special Anti-Cultism Squad/FSARS and Divisional Headquarters.
A statistics of the arrests made during the period showed that 10 suspected cultists were arrested within Oyi/Nsugbe axis, five in Ihiala local government area, six in Eziagulu -Aguleri and seven suspects in Abata Nsugbe communities in Anambra-East local government area, five in Amikwo- Awka, 22 in Okpuno – Awka, Awka-south local government, 11 suspects in 3-3 Area of Anambra-East local government area, eight suspects in Amansea -Awka axis, 22 in Nibo/Nise, also in Awka-south local government, 11 in Nkpor Area , Idemili-North local government, 15 in Onitsha while only two of the suspects were nabbed in Ekwulobia area of Aguata local government area.
Spokesman of the state police command, Mr Haruna Mohammed, a superintendent of police, who reacted to the development disclosed that the state commissioner of police, Mr Garba Baba Umar, gave the order for the raid to be carried as part of the deliberate strategy of the state police command to “further stem the tide of crime and ensure that all Ndi Anambra, both at home and in diaspora, celebrate Christmas and new year without hindrance or molestation”.
He disclosed that the following weapons were also recovered from hoodlums during the raid: four locally made pistols, six cutlasses, two axes, over a thousand wraps of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, two regalias for Aye and Junior Vickings Confraternity (JVC) respectively.
Mr Mohammed assured that the state police command was poised as ever to ensure that criminals have no hiding place in the state especially during this yuletide period and would deal decisively with criminals apprehended in accordance with the law.
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