Obiano lauds police over arrest, prosecution of most wanted criminal
Anambra Governor Obiano
By Sunny A. David, Awka
The Anambra State Government has commended the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Mustapha Dandaura for the arrest and quick prosecution of one Ikechukwu Udensi, known as Ikanda, suspected to have masterminded the killing of a 38-year old businessman Ndubuisi Nwokolo in June last year in Onitsha.
Mr. Nwokolo was said to have met his untimely death when he resisted an attempt by some criminals disguising as government revenue agents to extort money from a commercial motorcyclist who was carrying him.
According to a statement signed by the Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C-Don Adinuba, the state governor has written to the police commissioner to express satisfaction at how police officers in Onitsha acted on a tipoff and arrested Ikanda, who was in a secret location while waiting for his agents collecting revenues illegally to bring him money.
“The Governor has carefully been studying the strategy which the Anambra State Police Command used to arrest this person on whom the state government placed a N1million bounty since last year for the callous manner in which Mr. Nwokolo’s life was ended in June last year,” stated Mr. Adinuba.
“Chief Obiano is also impressed by the fact that immediately Ikanda for one year the most wanted suspect in the state was arrested, he was taken to court to avoid any possible legal loopholes through which Ikanda can escape from the law,” he stated.
The statement stated that Governor Obiano believes that “the arrest and quick prosecution of Ikanda shows that the new Police Commissioner in the state is here to work for the people and has consequently, bought into the state government development agenda which makes security of life and property the first cardinal objective of the current administration.”
Mr. Dandaura was posted to Anambra in February, but quickly left for another state to help conduct the 2019 general elections. He returned to the state after the elections.
“We recognize the pre-eminence of security in our socio-economic development architecture,” Obiano said in the message to the police boss, asserting that “the result is that Anambra, which was one of the most security-challenged states in Nigeria about five years ago when I assumed duties as governor because the state was virtually overrun by kidnappers and armed robbers, is today the safest and the most peaceful in the whole country.”
Chief Obiano observed that Udensi would have been caught long ago if he had remained in Anambra after Mr. Nwokolo’s murder.
The Governor declared: “He fled from here, but even so we were monitoring his movements; the moment he came to Anambra we grabbed him.”
The Commissioner remarked that Ikanda’s arrest and subsequent prosecution show that the time is up for “those who collect illegal revenues and make life unbearable for our people.
“They will soon have their day in court. The long arm of the law will catch up with them, no matter how long they run and how well they hide themselves for now.”