|Mr Ballah Nasarawa, Anambra Police Commissioner,|
Report By: Dede Uzor A. Uzor
Right groups and traders' associations have commended Mr Ballah Nasarawa, Anambra Police Commissioner, over reduction in crime within the 12-months of his assumption of office in Anambra.
The rights groups included South-East Democratic Vanguard (SDV), Save Anambra Group (SAG), Anambra People’s Assembly (APA) as well as Traders Right Forum and Ndi-Igbo Unity Forum.
The coalition made the commendation in a crowded press conference in Onitsha on Tuesday; while giving a unanimous vote confidence to the performance of the commissioner even in the face obvious challenges.
Chief Augustine Chuukwudum, chairman of the coalition, said that since a year of Nasarawa stay in Anambra; the police had recorded tremendous success in fighting crime especially kidnapping in Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi.
``Not minding the non availability of logistics like tracking machines and other devices to fight crime effectively in Anambra; Mr Nasarawa had lived above board in discharge of his duties".
``Within the past 12-month, Nasarawa had recovered over 60 AK-47 rifles and 30 General Purpose Machine (GPM) guns".
``Over 50,000 rounds of ammunitions; 17 English pistols and 27 locally made guns. While the arms and ammunitions are enough to declare war in Anambra".
``His command also arrest the first, second and third commanders of a the most notorious kidnap syndicates in the history of Igboland – Ofe Akwu; second-in-command, Obinna Offor from Ifite Oraifite in Ekwusigo LGA,’’ Chukwudum said.
The chairman said that Narasawa had proved that Anambra indigenes could sleep with their two eyes closed as against the incessant cases of bank robbery, bullion van attacks, constant kidnapping and assassinations of prominent indigenes.
``However, it is very very sad and wicked for some group of people to link him or his office to the recent discovering of corpses at Ezu River, within the boundary of Anambra and Enugu States".
``While awaiting the outcome of government investigation into the circumstances leading to the corpses; people should not use the sanctity of human lives as a weapon of politicking and character assassination".
``Since there was no bullet shot wound on the corpses or any group, persons or community in Anambra complained of missing persons before the corpses floated at the river,’’ he noted.
Chukwudum also urged relevant government agencies to extend their network of investigation to land communal crisis in Ebonyi State between Ezza and Ezilo communities and communities in Cross River states who are currently in land dispute.
``With the current gallantry performance, we are unanimously calling on the Police Service Commission and the Inspector General of Police to immediately promote Narasawa to the next rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police".
``And possibly allow him to continue in the South-East as the AIG,’’ he said.