Final warning for criminals in Imo
Commissioner of Police recovers cache of arms and ammunition
THE newly posted Imo State Police Commissioner (CP), Taiwo Federick Lakanu, a lawyer, said since assumption of duty at the Command, he has led a team of officers who recovered “a cache of arms and ammunition” from hoodlums who had been terrorizing innocent citizens and residents in different parts of the state.
In his maiden briefing on Wednesday evening, Lakanu, who holds a Masters degree in Law and is the 31st CP in the state, also disclosed that they have arrested some people who specialise in robbing passengers of tricycles at their loading bay at the ever-busy Mbaise/ Douglas Road, Owerri, warning other armed robbers, kidnappers and cult members who are operating in the state to relocate or face the wrath of his Command.
He made it clear that he was in the state to flush out criminals in all the nooks and crannies of the 27 Local Councils of the state, adding that he would ensure that innocent citizens slept with their two eyes closed He said: “On assumption of duty on Wednesday, the following day (Thursday) was also another success story in which another gang who specialized in attacking and robbing passengers riding NAPEP tricycles, known as KEKE were incapacitated along Mbaise by Douglas Road, Owerri.
Within my short period, the Command has recovered a cache of arms and ammunitions from hoodlums terrorizing the state. It is my desire to eradicate crime and criminality in the state.”
According to the CP, another approach has been adopted by the Command, different from the traditional one, to fight crime in the state, co-opting the 637 autonomous communities in achieving it in the 27 local councils of the state. “Apart from the traditional role of fighting crime, we shall adopt other methodologies that will lead to total elimination of violent crimes especially those peculiar to the state, like armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism.
I am using this opportunity to give quit notice to all those who engage in any form of criminal activity in the state.” He said on assumption of duties in the state, he met coordinated officers, adding that strategic training, retraining and re-organization of personnel were going on.
He reiterated the resolve of the Command under his watch to meet the set target, soliciting the cooperation of the public. Lakanu urged the public to come with information which could help the Command fish out criminal elements in the state.