By Ikeugonna Eleke
Anambra Vigilante Group (AVG), a community based security organisation operating around Anambra State, has warned of the infiltration of Isuaniocha in Awka North Local Government Area by men wielding arms and pretending to be their operatives.
The Public Relations Officer of AVG, Mr Nweke Nweke, in a press briefing with journalists in Awka, Friday, August 25, said the gun wielding men were responsible for most of the crimes in the community.
He said the criminals were contracted into the community by some influential indigenes who had also been responsible for the crisis in the community.
‘Gentlemen, we are here to tell you that we have found out that a group of people who have been parading with guns in Isuaniocha Community and claiming to be our operatives are fake.
‘These people were contracted into the community by certain individuals (names withheld), and they are responsible for the crisis in the community. Their gunmen are responsible for most of the crimes in that community.
‘We have notified the police and we are getting ready for an operation in the area. We are considering disbanding AVG in Isuaniocha Community for the time being to enable us to arrest all those impersonating us in the community. Security operatives in plain clothes are already in Isuaniocha now,’ Nweke stated.
Addressing the indigenes of Isuaniocha Community in a recent protest to the Government House, Awka, against their newly elected monarch, Igwe Mkpuorah Ngini, where the Commissioner for Homeland Security, Mr Chikodi Anara, was accused of being among those imposing him on Isuaniocha, Nweke said the claim was false.
‘It is still the same people who are causing crisis in Isuaniocha that organized the protest and forced indigenes to join or risk paying fine.
‘Our commissioner, who is also the leader of AVG in the state, is not from Isuaniocha. He is from Amanuke Community. His only involvement in Isuaniocha is because he wants to ensure security there, using AVG operatives, which these same people do not want,’ Nweke said.