By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€” ANAMBRA State Government and other stakeholders on security matters in the state, yesterday, announced that more critical measures would be put in place to fight crime across the state.
Governor Peter Obi, who hinted of the measures after a stakeholders meeting on security at the industrial town of Nnewi, said government would no longer tolerate a situation where the people of the state were put on edge by hoodlums whose activities have been a source of concern to everybody.
The Nnewi meeting, which was attended by members of the state security council with the Governor as chairman, was in response to developments in the town which led to the shut down of commercial activities by the residents of the town on Tuesday to drive home their point over security lapses in the area.
Obi explained that in line with the policy of his administration to promptly respond to the needs and aspirations of the people, he had to cut short his trip to Abuja to explore with other stakeholders on how to further fight crime, especially kidnapping.
Traditional rulers’ responsibilities
He reiterated the state governmentâ€™s decision to hold traditional rulers and Presidents-General of the various town unions responsible for crime in their areas, adding that a similar decision would be extended to markets in the state because the criminals live among the people and should, therefore, be identified.
Governor Obi regretted that the activities of criminals were discouraging investors and other activities necessary to boost the economy and generate employment, insisting that the situation was not acceptable to government.
He called on the people to provide useful information to the police and other security agencies to enable them flush out criminals from their hide outs.
Okada riders disrupt parley
There was, however, a mild drama at the venue of the meeting as some commercial motorcycle operators staged a peaceful demonstration.
They annoyance with, and condemned the activities of the Police at roadblocks who they accused of extorting money from them and caring less about the kidnappers who drive expensive cars.