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Anambra State: Police Commissioner Adeoye Mulling Air Strikes against Criminals, amidst Alarm, Rational Queries

  • Anambra Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, is looking at “launching air strikes” against criminals

The Anambra state police command, headed by CP Aderemi Adeoye is devising a different, if not “concerning” strategy to flush out criminals and terrorists from Anambra. The command is believed to be currently battling high levels of criminalities. Allegedly all efforts to kick out these criminals have not yielded the desired result, hence the decision to use air strikes.

According to commissioner Adeoye, it is time to let the criminals know that the state command does not condone any type of criminality.

The CP said,

“You will agree with me that up till now we have not used airstrikes, why? Because we are concerned about the safety of the people there. We don’t want collateral damage. But if their existence will make life meaningless to innocent people, then the federal government would have been pushed to the wall to go all out and take them out, in order to secure the people who have become canon-folder in their hands.

“95 percent of their victims are their own relatives. The other five percent are travellers, who due to a lack of knowledge of the area, run into them. Our advice is to use the expressway always.

“We are working to gradually reclaim all these areas that the insurgents have turned into their hideouts, because of natural forests, harsh topography, difficult terrains, and others. They take refuge in that place and launch attacks from there, but now it is very difficult for them to launch such attacks and come out alive.

“What almost engulfed the whole state is insurgency, and you know this is like guerilla warfare. When you fight guerilla warfare, you must be deliberate and methodical because it is not a conventional war.

“You make progress slowly. You gain grounds, you secure it. You reclaim occupied territory secure it and then go further.

“Before now, all the seven local government areas that are in the Anambra South Zone were under the control of the insurgents. But now other parts of the state are safe except Nnewi South and a few areas in Ihiala.

“So out of seven local government areas, we have reclaimed five, and we are working on liberating the remaining two. Incidentally, those two have links with Imo. It got so bad that even their traditional rulers fled the communities.

“Those areas you mentioned as ‘no-go-areas’, we have Forward Operating Bases (FOB) there. We have in Osumoghu, Ukpor, and Uli, and those are aimed at ensuring we stem encroachment from Imo. These measures have been effective and that is why the rest of the state has been safe, because the routes through which they come have been stopped. Our police Special Forces are there, army is there, police is there, anti-terrorist unit is also there.

“Attacks have been checked to a reasonable extent. They plant landmines around those camps and also use rocket-propelled grenade launchers. These are war materials and we are not at war. Federal government has exercised a lot of restraint in dealing with the problem, and I will advise the insurgents not to push their luck so far because patience has a limit.”

As the command headed by CP Adeoye begins to entertain ideas of deploying air bombings into Igbo-lands and the eastern region by extension, the question observers are asking is, who are really the faces behind this troubling decision and what is their rational?

Also giving the trans-generational trauma inherited by Igbos and all easterners owing to the Biafran genocide where, sounds of air raids meant death and population wipe-out, observers are keenly asking why is CP Adeoye enabling a most insensitive discuss that many not only find suspect but rings of seedy motives?

Since trust issues abound, especially after triibal leaning politicians deployed diabolical ethno hatred as legitimate tools for snaking into power, will Nigerians, particularly from the east and south south, not wonder why matters of their alleged insecurity, is not getting handled by officers from the eastern region who they would feel most comfortable with?

SOURCE: Dailytrust, web, ioinews

IMAGE: Punch

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