Yuletide: Anambra police command orders crackdown on black spots
By Chinelo Nwangene
The Anambra state command led by CP John Abang has ordered all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Unit heads to intensify raids on black spots and sustain ongoing stop and search operations across the state during Christmas and New Year.
The CP in a statement issued through the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed also warned its operatives and personnel to adhere strictly to rules guiding the use of firearms. Mohammed disclosed that the crackdown on dangerous places, stop and search operation was geared towards improving the safe and secure environment for Anambra residents especially during this festive period and to ensure a peaceful Christmas and new year celebrations in the state.
The statement further disclosed that the CP has also “directed all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOS), Police Mobile Force (PMF) and other striking units in the State to intensify raids on black spots and criminal hideouts; sustain the ongoing stop and search/ tactical operation duties and night patrols in order to deny miscreants and criminal elements the opportunity to operate within the State.
“The CP further directed the Department of Operations to embark on statewide visiting rounds to observe levels of compliance to his directives as well as strategies emplaced by Area Commanders, DPOs and Unit heads in their respective jurisdictions.
“Consequently, all officers in the Command are also placed on red alert at their respective duty posts and directed to respond promptly to any situation or distress from members of the public.
“The Commissioner of Police equally warned Police personnel including PMF /SPU attached to VIPs visiting the State during the yuletide period to adhere strictly to the rules governing the use of firearms by Police officers, noting that any officer found violating such order would be dealt with in accordance with the laid down procedure.
According to the Police PRO, the commissioner who urges residents to provide the command with useful information that would help police in promoting safety and security in the state assures visitors and residents of adequate protection during the festive period. The CP, he adds, urged, particularly bank customers to be cautious when moving around with cash. “He implored them to report any suspicious person(s) or movements to the nearest Police Station or call police emergency number 07039194332 for prompt response”, Mohammed add.