The Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Command, Echeng Echeng says the ongoing effort to rid the state of all manner of crime and criminality is yielding enviable results.
Mr Echeng made the remarks following the successful arrest of 13 suspects for various offences ranging from touting and illegal revenue collections to vandalism as well as other related violent crimes across the State.
According to a Press Statement released by the Police Public Relations Officer, Tochukwu Ikenga, four of the male suspects, Emmanuel Igwe aged 20; Chukwudi Obasi, aged 38; Izuchukwu Enemuwa, aged 28, and Uchenna Benedict were arrested along the Bridge Head, Onitsha, while touting and collecting revenue illegally from motorists and other members of the public.
Another suspect, 34-year-old Chimezie Nwankwo of Ezimunya village, Umunya, was intercepted and arrested on March 23, 2022, along airport road, Nteje.
The police recovered from him a hiace bus, three hammers, two axes and a police belt with which he, alongside two others still at large, used to terrorise citizens and steal armored cables installed around the Anambra State Airport.
Similarly, according to the statement, 28-year old Ali Friday of Dusogu Village, Awkuzu, Onuorsh Chukwuemeka, of Eziama village, Igbariam, 20 year-old Igboegbunam Chiemelie, of Amabor Village, Abba; Chinedu Chukwuobi of Imengu Village, Igbariam, and Oforbuike Alegu, ‘ of Akpu Village, Abagana on March 22 were arrested for being in possession of vandalised armoured cables and a car battery.
The release also said Chukwuemeka Anyanti ‘M’ 26 years, Chijoke Anyanti ‘M’ 22 years, Onyedika Anyanti ‘M’ 20 years, all natives of Nkwelle Village, Oyi LGA of Anambra State, were arrested on March 24 for being in possession of one locally fabricated single-barrel pistol and two live cartridges.
The Commissioner of Police, while reiterating the unwavering commitment of the Command towards weeding out all criminal elements in the state, enjoined all law-abiding citizens to remain vigilant and continue to support the Command, especially through prompt and accurate information.
Reporting by Uche Ndeke; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor