Ebonyi-The Ebonyi State Police Command, yesterday, said it was prepared to combat crime in every part of the State.
Reacting to an alleged letter written by armed robbers with the intention to cause harm to the citizens of the State, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah emphasized that any attempt by Criminals to perpetuate any form of dastardly act would be vehemently resisted against all odds.
She called on members of the Public to report any suspicious movement or individuals to the Police as no stone would be left unturned till criminal elements are brought to book in the State.
“Whether the letter is known or unknown, every incident of crime will be tracked and tackled by the State Police Command. We are working in collaboration with other security forces including vigilantes to track down hoodlums and anybody that wants to cause confusion in the State.
“We want warn them to steer clear of Ebonyi State. Whether the plan is real or fake, it must boomerang. No kidnapping case in Ebonyi has lasted beyond than three hours, because we have a network of policing, even down to the Local Government and Community levels.
“The pressure from our men will not allow them to hatch their plans. Ebonyi, I repeat is not a safe haven for Criminals. We are in collaboration with those that matter in the security architecture of the State. The members of the Public should go about their normal businesses and report any suspicious movement or individuals to the Police.”
Afikpo Community in Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi state was thrown into confusion following a letter allegedlly written to the Community by Armed robbers.
It was also gathered that the robbers also wrote to one of the old generation banks in the ancient city.
Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Local Government, Amuche Otunta did not confirm or deny the letter when contacted for comments.
She however said their is security threat in the area.
“Have you called the DPO? Who did the robbers addressed the letter to. Hear from the DPO, he is the Chief Security Officer of the local government. You said a letter was written to the community by robbers, I don’t know the community that received it’.
“But to that extent, I know there is security threat and I don’t know whether a letter was written by robbers or not”, she said.
A youth leader in the area, Eze Egwu confirmed that robbers wrote to the community.
He said that policemen and soldiers have taken over the area.
Asked if youths have introduced vigilante as their own measure to protect their area against possible attack by the robbers Egwu said “how can you be waiting for a well armed man with stick in the night or day in the name of security? We cannot risk our lives, it is only God that secures a city”.
Armed robbers had some years ago attacked the Community and carted away millions of naira in a bank (names withheld) in the area as some residents sustained bullet injuries. Ends