. . . As New CP Pays Homage to Ezeuzu
By Jude Atupulazi
In a bid to encourage effective policing of the Agu-Awka end of the community, Awka Town will donate land to the Anambra State Police Command for the building of a police post and will also donate blocks to that effect. This was disclosed by the Traditional Prime Minister of Awka Town, Chief Benjamin Okoye, during a courtesy visit by the new Commissioner of Police, Anambra State, Mr Mustapha Dandaura, to the palace of the traditional ruler of Awka, Obi Gibson Nwosu, last Thursday in Awka.
The new police boss was at the palace as part of his familiarization visit to major stakeholders in the state since assuming office in Anambra.
While announcing the decision of the town to donate the land, Okoye however tasked the new police boss to take measures to control false claims to the traditional institution in the state to avoid a disruption of the existing peace in the state.
Okoye, who praised Obi Nwosu for his peaceful disposition in the face of attempts by a rabble rouser in the community to lay claim to his stool, extended a hand of fellowship to the police boss, assuring him of the town’s readiness to work with his command to stem the scourge of cult related crimes in the state capital.
Earlier in his speech, the CP, Dandaura, said he was at the palace to solicit the cooperation of the Awka Community in the fight against crime and criminality.
He also explained that the choice of Onitsha for the flag off of the state’s version of the nationwide ”Operation Puff Adder” was because of the strategic importance of Onitsha.
Dandaura took the opportunity to reel out the achievements of the police under his command since assuming office which included the arrest of the notorious criminal in Onitsha, Ikanda, who killed a man; the arrest of two suspects in the killing of the Nimo Town President General; and the arrests of many secret cult members across the state.
He appealed to Awka Community to assist the police in fighting the scourge of cultism, just as he cautioned the youths against criminality, advising them to embrace hard work and honest living, disclosing that many youths were daily being killed in the state over cult related issues.
He commended the Awka monarch and the community for their contributions in curbing crime in the state capital.
In his brief response, Obi Gibson Nwosu hailed the State Police Command under Dandaura for achieving so much in so short a time and pledged the town’s continued support to the police.
Highlights of the visit was the exchange of gifts between Obi Gibson Nwosu and the Police Commissioner who was accompanied in the visit by high ranking police officers.