By Ikeugonna Eleke
The new Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, CP Monday Kuryas, has identified some causes of insecurity in the state, with a pledge to tackle them all.
Kuryas who was recently posted to the state, at a maiden press conference to announce his assumption of duty, said cultism, land dispute, kingship tussle, kidnapping, one-chance robbery and others, constituted the highest sources of insecurity in the state.
He said, ‘On assumption of duty within the last few days, I have been fully briefed on a few criminal and security challenges in the state at the moment. These include the menace of one chance robbery gangs, armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism, illegal revenue collectors, and, of course, disputes over land, kingship, boundaries, famers/herders clashes and sundry offences.
‘In keeping with the vision of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, to make Nigeria safer and more secure for economic development and growth, the Command under my watch shall take drastic measures on crime.
‘Therefore, all our efforts and energies shall be mobilized and deployed towards the prevention of crimes and the successful apprehension of criminals that would test our resolve. The Command under my watch shall reinvigorate Operation Puff Adder II and give it more bite to tackle cultism, robbery, kidnapping and illegal revenue collections, particularly in Onitsha, Nkpor, Obosi, Oba, Enugu-Agidi Road, Nnobi/Alor Road and Nnewi.’
He called on officers and men of the command to brace up for the task ahead, while advising cultists, robbers, kidnappers and other hoodlums in the state, to have a rethink and purge themselves or relocate from the state.
He assured all Anambra people, both at home and in the diaspora, that the Command under his watch would continue to work assiduously to sustain the status quo of Anambra as the safest state in the country.