Anambra under siege again as MASSOB, robbers take over Onitsha
By Sunny A. David, Onitsha
The Police in Awada in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State have arrested and charged to court 47 suspected robbers who were specialized in pick pockets, snatching of bags and valuables at Upper Iweka and environs.
Apex News correspondent who monitored the activities of these hoodlums at Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka reports that traders and travelers are robbed and disposed off their belongings in day light at the former Aba Park in upper Iweka Onitsha.
Most of these hoodlums sighted by our correspondent operate in groups with logs of woods and irons while others hide under the umbrella of markets unions to extort money from commuters and passengers.
When our correspondent visited the Awada Police Station, the Divisional Police Officers confirmed that they have arrested many suspected robbers who were alleged to have snatched handsets, handbags or money.
He said some of them who were able to clear themselves of the allegation were released while many others have been charged to court.
Meanwhile a high-ranking police officer who did not want his name mentioned, told our correspondent in confidence that the rate of crime in Anambra State is becoming high and worrisome since the Commissioner of Police Anambra State, Alhaji Garbar Umar collapsed all the Special Anti-Robbery Squad to the headquarters.
He said all the units of SARS in the state have been directed to operate from the SARs headquarters at Awkuzu in Oyi Local Government Area hereby making it impossible for them to continue their complementing policing effectively and efficiently.
When contacted on phone the PPRO confirmed that there are reports of pick pockets and some other criminals calming to be members of outlawed MASSOB.
He however said that the police are on top of the situation warning that there would be no hiding place for any criminal in Anambra State.