Red alert in Anambra as alleged strangers flood State

* Aduba, Vigilante boss warns field commanders to be vigilant

From EZE NWABUEZE, Onitsha

Following what it described as “suspicious but unconfirmed mass movement” of stranger elements purported to be northerners reported around Amawbia, Agulu, Nise, Neni and Adazi areas, the Supervisory Committee of Anambra State Vigilante Group (AVG) has placed its field commanders and operatives in all the 179 communities in the State on a red alert.

Chairman of the Committee, Chief Ikechukwu Ayo Aduba, a retired Commissioner of Police who raised the alarm in a press statement issued today in Onitsha, said although AVG operatives in these areas were already on red alert to verify and confirm this report, all the operatives in the 179 communities of the state should also be ready to confront any security challenges that might arise from the alleged suspicious movements of “strangers”.

Aduba further directed that in doing so, the operatives should collaborate with the Nigeria Police and sister security agencies to secure their areas from now till the end of the year.

Noting that there was always an upsurge in crimes in days and weeks before Christmas, the AVG boss, however, assured that the AVG, as always, would beef up security in their respective areas of operations to ensure that Anambra remained one of the safest States in Nigeria and foreign/local investment-friendly.

He warned against use of motorbikes to flood stranger elements into any part of the state, adding that such an act should be curbed by road traffic authorities, including Anambra State Traffic Agency (ASTA), the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Police and Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra OSHA Brigade.

Aduba reminded members of the public and security agents that “the use of Okada in urban centres had been outlawed just like their carrying more than one person at a time in places where Okada is not outlawed,” warning that “it is against the Land Use Act for any individual to sell land, especially to cattle rearers without obtaining permission from the State Government first and foremost.”

“This warning is being repeated to forestall nomadic migrant herders from settling in our forests which is equally under surveillance by AVG Intelligence Unit,” Aduba stressed.

“All AVG Senior Zonal Supervisors, Supervisors, Commanders and Chairmen should work together with their traditional rulers and Presidents-General of various town unions so that our state remains number one in terms of security of lives and property, especially in these ‘Ember Months,’” the AVG boss charged.

Alhaji Bodejo, National President, Miyetti Allah Cattle Herders Association of Nigeria

He recalled that leaders of Northern Nigerians resident in the State, as the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, anambra State Chapter, had denied the influx rumour, assuring that the alarm about a new influx of their people into the State was unfounded and should be totally disregarded.

“Everybody in this State must be vigilant during this period and supply genuine information to AVG. On the other hand, those raising false alarms and creating unnecessary tension in the State should desist from such unpatriotic act forthwith,” he further warned.

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