By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has described attacks on police stations in the Southeast Geo-political Zone as a recipe for disaster.
The Police boss who stated this at Prof. Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre, Awka, during a Security Summit/Interaction with security agencies and stakeholders in Anambra State, expressed dismay with the way and manner police stations were attacked and officers and men killed in the process.
The IGP who was represented at the event by the Deputy Inspector General in-charge of Finance Zone 13, DIG Joseph Egbunike, stressed the need for peace and unity of purpose, even as he commended the Anambra State Government for making the state one of the most peaceful and safest in the country.
He charged the officers of the command to rise up to the challenges of crimes and criminality in all nooks and crannies of the state, admonishing them to shun laxity, conspiracy and indolence, while acknowledging that there were still diligent and dutiful police officers.
The IGP mandated the Commissioner of Police to call for regular meetings with the vigilante groups and security stakeholders at the command’s headquarters to enable them to forge a common front. The Inspector General of Police while harping on synergy also charged the CP to interface with the drug dealers and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
‘Cultism can be nipped in the bud if there is no conspiracy. Officers and men should do their best. One of the bastions of our successes are vigilante group. There should be vehicles for them. I owe a duty to Anambra. It is my constituency. South Eastern states should emulate Anambra. Ndi Igbo are Spartan in nature. An average Anambra man is a hardworking person,’ the IGP said.
Mr. Adamu lauded Governor Willie Obiano on the issue of EndSARS protest, saying the role played by the governor helped in no small measure in calming the youths and channeling their minds into something more meaningful and rewarding.
Speaking, the convener of the meeting and the Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, stated that the meeting became necessary following the complaints and buckets of security breaches, saying the youths and the traditional rulers salvaged the situation.
Gov. Obiano encouraged the traditional rulers to bring on board the youths in their various communities and sensitize them, enjoining them to work with the youths in their various localities, adding that he spent 562 vehicles and they had been taking fuel at designated filling stations.
Obiano described the vigilante outfit as a very important tool in the security architecture, saying that Anambra paid stipends to all the vigilante personnel in the 181 communities in Anambra State.
‘Onitsha, 40 and Obosi, double, because of the size. 40 persons in Onitsha, 40 persons in Obosi, and 20 in other towns. Communities should assist the government in paying the money. Critical stakeholders should help us in paying the people guarding the communities,’ Obiano said.
On the issue of herdsmen and farmers clash, Gov. Obiano urged communities not to take the law into their hands, noting that there were structures on the ground to take care of their problems, describing communal crisis as dangerous.
‘We have arrested and prosecuted herdsmen who were caught carrying arms and ammunition. We must have their names. We must have censorship. Any herdsman with AK47 is a thief. I have given directive to the police to find out the number of herdsmen in Anambra State. We’ll not allow new herdsmen into Anambra State after the censorship must have been done,’ he said.
Obiano appealed to the traditional rulers to protect life and property in their respective domains, warning that any traditional ruler who failed in his duty would be sacked and certificate withdrawn.
Comments and reactions from presidents general, traditional rulers, youths representatives, security agents formed the highpoints of the meeting.