From Chuks Collins, Awka

e1bcca7dcbfcc551b13a8e13694adb73The Anambra state Police Command have expressed commitment and readiness to protect the commercial hub of the South East and city of Onitsha at all cost because of its strategic economic importance to the zone and nation.

The Police Area Commander for Onitsha, ?Mr Benjamin Wordu (AC) disclosed this yesterday while playing host to the Anambra state chapter of the Community Proprietors Association of Nigeria.

He pointed out that the commercial town must be kept in peace and stability so that people can be free to carry out their legitimate businesses unmolested and without any fear. He stated that flourishing economic cities all over the world normally attract criminals because of the feeling that they can make quick money from such economic viable centres.

According to him, “It is generally believed that an average Igbo man is a trader and interestingly Onitsha is the sacred commercial centre which automatically make it look lucrative for criminals”

The police boss therefore called on the citizens to always make useful information available to the police to enable them apprehend hoodlums quickly before they deal a blow to the society.

“These criminals dont live in the air, they reside amongst the people and it is incumbent on every one to expose them whenever they notice a suspicious movement in their neighbourhood.”

The police Area Commander promised the command would not relent in its war against the men of the underworld until the community is free from their terrible activities which is capable of sending investors away.

?The coordinator of Community Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria, Mr Tempest Udeze in his remarks earlier, commended Mr Wordu for his efforts at sanitizing Onitsha area, especially the Upper Iweka axis which was a nightmare to the residents and visitors to Onitsha.

Mr Udeze also called for a continuos harmonious working relationship with his members who are covering the nooks and crannies of the state.

He pointed out that over four hundred newspapers are registered with the association nation wide.

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