Soludo Declares Anambra Safe, Commends Security Agents

By Ikeugonna Eleke

Anambra State governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, says the state is now about the safest in Nigeria, and has vowed to continue to ensure that criminal elements in the state are taken out.

Soludo who briefed journalists in his country home in Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area, commended the efforts of security operatives in the state, saying that their commitment had helped ensure security in the state.

He called for more checkpoints in the state, saying that through the proactivity of security agents, his government had been able to take out criminals hiding in various camps in the state.

Soludo said, ‘Nine months ago when I came into office, I announced that security, law and order are about the first key agenda. The difference as at now is like the difference between day and night.

‘Before now eight LGAs were taken over by bandits, and today those LGAs have been liberated and all the bandits taken out of their camps and several of them have fled the state, while those who remained have been degraded.

‘We are trying to keep our state safe, but you will never have a crime free state. No state in Nigeria is safer than Anambra today.’

Soludo commended security operatives working in the state, saying: ‘I appreciate the law enforcement agents and all the enforcement teams and Anambra people who have risen up to the occasion to organize security and order.

‘Our youths are taking their destiny in their hands. A criminal living in Finland declared a five-day sit at home last week and the people of Anambra ignored him.

‘Anambra people came out in droves to celebrate the Christmas and that is why the roads are busy. I commend the youth volunteers who have come to keep our streets clear.

‘We set out to take back our homeland and so far, so good. There are still challenges ahead, and all hands must remain on deck.

‘We will continue to provide support for all the security forces for all their commitment and sacrifices and all they do to keep our people safe and secure.’

Soludo who encouraged more checkpoints in the state, said in normal circumstances, the state would not need all the road blocks, but added that abnormal times required abnormal strategies.

‘Since they (criminals) have decided to operate in abnormal ways, we need abnormal solutions to tackle them. As far as this continues, we will continue to have checkpoints and forward operating bases, and we will continue to support security agencies.

‘We appeal to criminals in the bush to come out. We give you the opportunity of retraining, and we offer you a new lease life. The course (criminality) you have taken will not take you anywhere, and this government is ready to work with you to give you a good future,’ the governor said.