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Obiano issues fresh directive to police over insecurity

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By Lawrence Nwimo

The Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano has issued fresh directive to police in the state over rising crime and security challenges in the state.

The directive followed intelligence report that suspected criminals use uncompleted buildings as hideouts to perpetrate crimes.

The police public relations officer, CSP Haruna Mohammed, disclosed this while speaking with a team of reporters at the command’s headquarter Amawbia.

He said that the governor directed the state police command not to allow people of questionable characters to live in uncompleted buildings in areas within the state stressing that some uncompleted buildings which dote various parts of the state, not only affect the aesthetic value of the environment but also serve as a hideout to some people with questionable character.

Haruna added that the governor’s directive does not suggest that everyone living in such places is bad or has criminal record but to help curb rising crimes in the state.

Recall that Orient Daily reported that no fewer than 16 suspects who allegedly committed various offences in the state ranging from child stealing, child trafficking, armed robbery, murder and other sundry offences were paraded at the state’s police headquarters, last weekend.

However, Haruna said the police in partnership with community leaders, vigilante groups and youths, will ensure comprehensive patrol of uncompleted buildings in the state to ensure that nobody uses such places as hideout to perpetrate crimes.

He explained that the police was focusing mostly on Indian hemp smokers and burglars who use uncompleted buildings for criminal activities.

Reacting, the managing director and chief executive officer, Anambra State Physical Planning Board, Mr Chike Maduekwe, said his agency has no authority to determine when a developer will complete his buildings considering the fact that there are a lot of factors that may mitigate against the speedy completion of houses.

Maduekwe, however, added that his agency is ready to collaborate and cooperate with the police warning that any house which is used for dangerous activities will be sealed off.

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