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Onovo visits Anambra, declares war on criminals

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA – INSPECTOR General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, in his maiden visit to Anambra state yesterday, declared total battle against criminals in the state, warning that enough is enough.

Armed robbers and kidnappers had in recent time, made Anambra  a theatre of some sort during which they operated in the day light almost on a daily basis, with banks and prominent individuals being their target.

Speaking during a courtesy call on Governor Peter Obi at the Government House, Awka, Onovo warned those who had made the state uncomfortable in the past weeks to drop their weapons or face the wrath of the police, insisting that he was ready to chase the hoodlums to their mother’s huts if they failed to heed his warning.

He was however, happy that the police had achieved something during the 14-day ultimatum he gave to the state police command to reduce crime in the state, which expired yesterday, but declared that he was not 100 percent satisfied with the situation, urging his men to put in more effort.

“Anambra state cannot continue like this. I warn them (criminals) for the last time to drop their weapons, otherwise the battle will be bloody. If it entails pursuing them to their mothers’ houses for peace to return to this state, I am prepared to do it with my men.

“The reason for me being here today (yesterday) is obvious. The fact that it is my old state and the fact that the state has been in the news for quite a long time gives me a lot of concern. So, I am here to see things for myself. The situation in the state makes me sad and my office will not condone banditry,” he said.


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