By John Ndu
Onitsha, March 22, 2021 (MOI) Anambra State Government has warned against all fitted tinted glasses and covered number plates, saying that such will no longer be allowed in the state.
Gov. Willie Obiano noted that security agencies would be conducting special and strategic operations aimed at neutralising the emerging threats to our collective safety.
The Governor said this while briefing newsmen as he updated on the security situation in the state, at the Governor’s Lodge, Onitsha.
This is coming as some armed hoodlums launched sporadic attacks on security personnel and facilities in the state, last week.
In such attacks, Police and Navy personnel on official duties at strategic checkpoints in various locations in the state were attacked, killed and their firearms taken away.
The prison and police personnel conveying an inmate to court were equally attacked and killed.
A police outpost was attacked unsuccessfully as joint police, vigilance and community efforts repelled an attack.
Gov. Obiano categorically condemned these attacks, stressing that the state would do everything possible to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
“Since these attacks commenced, I have personally coordinated security commanders in the state with joint effort to halt this mayhem and by God’s, we will surely succeed.
“The state Security Council has met twice and I summoned another emergency meeting this afternoon and the outcome is this address.
“Let me emphatically state that any attacks on security personnel in Anambra is a direct attack on the state itself and will be resisted with our greatest might.
“Those that attack us are obviously intent on distorting the peace and security we have enjoyed in Anambra State in the past seven years and we will not allow that.
“We have received massive Police, Army, Navy and DSS deployment since yesterday (Sunday) and they have joined their teams on ground to enforce security.
“I have therefore directed all security agencies in the state, the Vigilance Services, all task forces and every structure in the state security infrastructure to rise in defence of our dear state.
“I call on all youths in Anambra; all communities, all market task forces and indeed every outfit in this state to duty.
“All traditional rulers, PGs, community leaders as well as every stakeholder in Anambra to rise to protect our state.
“As your Governor, I hereby raise the security alert in the state and I commit to restoring order and security immediately.
“I call on everybody irrespective of affiliations to come together and support Government and security agencies to fight our common enemy.
“Those who seek to destroy what we have laboured to build must not be tolerated in any manner. I ask the public to help with information and intelligence to the state to nip this situation in the bud.
“Extensive security activities will be obvious and by God’s grace we shall overcome. Fitted Tinted glasses on vehicles as well as covered plate numbers will no longer be allowed on all roads within the state.
“Security agencies will be conducting special and strategic operations aimed at neutralising the emerging threats to our collective safety.
“I therefore ask for the understanding of the public as this goes on and assure you that all law abiding citizens have nothing to worry about.
“While I sympathise with the security agencies and families of those killed in these recent attacks, I urge all those involved in ongoing security efforts not to relent.
“The police, military and all security agencies and outfits in the state are urged to step out in full boldness to reclaim the public space, dominate the streets, confront criminals when identified and urgently restore order and safety to Anambra State.’’ (MOI)