By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”Anambra State Government has paid N10 million to five persons in fulfillment of its promise to compensate those who provide information to security agencies on kidnappers and armed robbers in the state.
Though Governor Obi made a pledge of N1 million to any informant, he was said to have doubled the amount for the five informants in view of his happiness at the success made by the state government in tracking down the hoodlums in the state.
Vanguard recalls that Obi made the pledge at the heat of frequent kidnapping in Anambra State, especially when it involved notable persons in the state, including transport magnet, Chief Godwin Okeke, Nollywood actor, Peter Edochie, business mogul, Chief Paul Okonkwo, among others.
No fewer than 17 persons suspected to be kidnappers and armed robbers were recently arrested by the combined effort of police, the local vigilantes in Asaba, Delta State, and Anambra State and other security agencies following information provided by members of the public.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, and Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Philemon Leha, have been commended for the level of competence and commitment exhibited by the Nigeria Police in Anambra State in providing security.
Addressing newsmen in Onitsha at the weekend, Chairman, Anambra Leaders of Thought, Chief Bidwell James, said the Police Command, in the last two months, had shown a rare commitment in not only providing adequate security for the state, but also tracking down the kidnappers and armed robbers who had terrorized the state for some time.
According to him, kidnapping, armed, robbery and other criminal activities had drastically reduced in the state and attributed it to the resilience of the present leadership of the police.
â€œWe are grateful for the particular interest shown by Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, and Commissioner of Police, Mr. Philemon Leha, in the protection of lives and property in Anambra state,â€ he said.