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Anambra Assembly Expresses Worry Over Increase in Criminal Activities

Awka-Anambra State House of Assembly has expressed worry over increasing rate of criminal activities in the state and calling for urgent measures to address the menace.

Mr Noble Igwe, representing Ogbaru l constituency, lamented that the rate of crime had triggered fear among residents.

He was speaking on a matter of urgent public importance during sitting on Tuesday.

Igwe said there were recent reports of residents, who had been victims of a wide range of violent crimes, including armed robbery, assault, burglary, carjacking, kidnapping and extortions.

“I am aware that the security of life and property is the primary function of the state government as enshrined in the Constitution.

“There is the need to intensify efforts at taming the resurgence of crimes in some parts of the state, especially on the Onitsha-Owerri Road, where miscreants rob travellers and motorists.

“This is a wake-up call for the state government and security agencies in the state,’’ he said.

Contributing, Mr Charles Obimma representing Oyi Constituency, said that the hoodlums attack residents in broad day light and operated unchallenged.

“We are at the mercy of hoodlums now as policemen no longer respond to distress calls after the #EndSARS protest. Bad boys now operate with boldness and impunity.

“I suggest that we institute community policing to secure residents in the state,’’ he said.

Mr Lawrence Ezeudu, representing Dunukofia, while expressing his views said that the state government should organise a security summit, inviting critical stakeholders, to develop solutions to security challenges.

Mr Obinna Emeneka, representing Anambra East, said that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Monday Bala Kuryas, be invited to appear on the floor of the Assembly to explain how he planned to address a spike in criminal activities in the state.

“The resurgence of crime in some parts of the state, especially at Onitsha, shows that the state is going back to those terrible days of insecurity.

“We cannot fold our arms and allow this menace go on,’’ he said.

In a resolution, the Speaker, Mr Uche Okafor, called on Gov. Willie Obiano to, as a matter of urgency, direct the Commissioner of Police and other security agencies to beef up adequate security in the state.

Meanwhile, the House held a valedictory session for late Mr Martin Enem, a former Lawmaker, who represented Onitsha South I Constituency in the House from 1991 to 1993.

Source: Anambra State Government