28 In Police Net As Renewed Crackdown On Miscreants Take New Shape In Upper Iweka

By Emeka Ozumba

In a bid to enforce the mandate of the Governor of Anambra State that sanity should be restored at the Upper Iweka axis of Onitsha and environs, a detachment of the Anambra State Joint Task Force popularly called 'Operation Kpochapu' has arrested 28 drivers and seized their vehicles for illegal activities along major roads in the area on Tuesday.

The arrest and seizure were made during a mop-up exercise led by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hassan Karmato further increase the tempo of the ongoing operations to clear crime and criminality from Anambra State.

The Commissioner of Police who said the drivers of the impounded vehicles would be prosecuted, also confirmed that a similar operation was going on in other parts of the State, including Nnewi.

Mr. Karma warned that the raid was a signal to all road users that the long arm of the law would catch up with them if they failed to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the roads and made it clear that nobody should load passengers outside designated motor parks or drop passengers indiscriminately.

He explained that the exercise was in line with the implementation of the State government policy of sanitizing the entire State and keeping hoodlums and miscreants permanently out of the State.

According to Mr. Karma, “this operation would be a continuous exerciseand would include curbing illegal parking and loading of passengers, pick-pocketing, dismantling criminal hideouts and ensuring that nobody hangs around the area with arms to snatch people's property.” He stressed that anybody caught would not be spared.

The Commissioner of Police noted that Anambra State government has expended huge resources in empowering the security agencies to adequately and effectively protect lives and property, and urged NdiAnambra to support the efforts to maintain a stable and peaceful atmosphere for the coming Christmas season.