By Vincent Ujumadu
Gov. Peter Obi yesterday opened a new vista in the fight against crime is by presenting 250 patrol vehicles fitted with sophisticated security gadgets to the 177 communities, markets and registered vigilance groups in Anambra State. The ceremony, graced by head of security agencies, traditional rulers, presidents-general, market leaders, government officials and other stakeholders in the state, took place at the Ekwueme Square, Awka. While some community received one vehicle each, others received more depending on their number and population.
Speaking during the presentation, the governor said that the vehicles would be restricted to the community specifically for security purposes. He warned against use of the vehicles to provide escort to politicians and other non-security related activities.
Obi also presented cheques worth over 250 million Naira to towns in the state, to pay 10 vigilante people per town and for fueling of the vehicles for a year. He said some towns would receive more because they would have more than 10 vigilante people depending on their population and size.
Recalling that the presentation was not the first time Anambra was procuring vehicles for security, he said his government had purchased over 300 vehicles for security agencies in the State as well as assisted them in various ways, including building roads in barracks for the single reason that though federal organizations, that they work for the good of the people of the state.