Operation restore peace not targeted at any group but against crime in South East — Police

Police in Anambra says the recently launched “Operation Restore Peace’’ by Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba is a deliberate effort by the Police high command to stabilise security order in the South East.

The Acting IGP launched the special operation at Michael Okpara Square, Enugu as part of efforts at returning the South Eastern region to its historical pride of place, where its people are known to be peaceful, tolerant, innovative, industrious and entrepreneurial.

During the launch, the IGP noted that the operation would be replicated in other parts of the country to address peculiar crimes including banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism.

Police Public Relation Officer (PRO), Anambra State Command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga while sensitising on the need to flee from crime and embrace peace said:

“South-East zone of late has witnessed an upsurge in cases of kidnapping, armed robbery, communal violence and attacks on security agents and our national infrastructures hence the decision of the Acting IGP to launch the operation.

“The Police high command under the administration of the Acting IGP Usman Alkali Baba is deeply concerned about the recent spike of crime in the zone and most especially deliberate attacks on security agents and our national assets.’’

He emphasized that the operation was unique and targeted to restore peace, law and order.

Ikenga urged Ndi Anambra to work with the Police and other security agencies as the operation was people driven and at every time shall be reviewed to address issues.

“The operation will be carried out by operatives of the Force in collaboration with the Armed Forces, the intelligence community and other sister security agencies,’’ Ikenga said.

He, however, stressed that Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Owolabi had expressed determination to clamp down on criminals and their activities so as to restore peace in the state. “The commissioner mapped out measures to sensitise the youths on dangers of crime, and the need to engage themselves meaningfully.’’

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