Gov Willie Obiano has launched the 2018 Ember Months Security Operations in Anambra State.
The operation which is a laudable vision of the governor has become an annual exercise meant to reinforce the activities of all the security agencies to secure all parts of the State through effective patrols, stop and search, constant presence and prompt response to distress calls throughout the yuletide season.
During the launch, the governor rewarded some deserving officers across the various security agencies in the State who have distinguished themselves in their service as well as presented financial support to families of officers and men who died in active service.
The governor said his government has secretly launched the installation of 50, 000 CCTV cameras across the state, to be manned by professionals that will provide support to the security agencies in their fight against crime.
He said in the operation, all the security agencies will partner from the security agencies down to the vigilante, adding that his government will procure more gadgets to assist the agencies.
He restated his readiness to battle crime to a standstill in the State, hence called on Ndi Anambra and other holiday makers to come and spend their yuletide in the State as it is safe for everyone.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar revealed that the Ember months operations had commenced since the beginning of September, to rid the state of criminals, adding that the fallout of the operation will overflow to guarantee the smooth conduct of the electioneering process and ultimately the general election of next year.
Also the Coordinator, State Vigilante Services, Retired Commissioner of Police, Aduba and a stakeholder in Aguata Council Area, Chief Titus Anagbogu said the security in the state has been adjudged the best in the country because of the invaluable contributions of governor and his strategic planning and noted that the choice of Ekwulobia for the launch of the operation will ensure that security challenges faced in the area are addressed.
While Commending the initiative, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, in charge of Zone 9, Mr Hosea Karma said the exercise marks another milestone in the efforts of the Obiano administration to continue to provide adequate security to Ndi Anambra.
The widows of police officers who died in active service who were rewarded by the governor at the event, Mrs Esther Ocheke and Mrs Raechel John-Aboli thanked the governor for remembering them and prayed God to reward him immensely.
The governor during the exercise handed over 50 smart motorbikes to the Police for effective patrol across the hinterlands.
By Kingsley Ezekwelu