. . . Defaulters to be Arrested
By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, has ordered, with immediate effect, the arrest of any commercial vehicle driver, especially those of shuttle buses, and Keke riders found operating with tinted glasses or curtains anywhere in the state, with such vehicles to be impounded by the Police, Abuchi Onwumelu reports.
Lately the state had been witnessing an upsurge in what is known as One Chance robberies across the state by those using commercial buses, shuttle buses and tricycles (Keke). They usually rob their unsuspecting victims of their personal belongings, especially mobile phones and money, at gun point, before pushing them out at isolated points.
But the Anambra State Police Command has launched an offensive against the perpetrators of such crime by banning the use of vehicles with tinted glasses.
In a release signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Haruna Mohammed, and made available to Fides, the CP said the Command would commence an intensive stop and search operations to enforce order to the letter.
‘Information at the disposal of the Anambra State Police Command revealed that hoodlums in the State are using commercial vehicles, especially shuttle buses and keke with tinted glasses and thick curtains (which shield their interiors) in Awka, Onitsha, Ekwulobia, Oko and other densely populated areas, to rob unsuspecting passengers and dispossess them of their valuables without being detected by the law enforcement agencies.
‘Consequently, the Command enjoins Ndi Anambra to avoid patronizing tinted buses/keke with curtains in order not to fall victim of one chance syndicates in the state,’ the statement read.
Just last week, the Command arrested some members of a One Chance robbery syndicate operating at the Upper Iweka Axis in Onitsha as part of the nationwide Operation Puff Add