By Jude Michael
In line with the directive of the Anambra Government for communities to implement certain security measures in their place, the Uke Community of Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State has declared what it calls ‘’Operation know your tenants’’. This is coming on the heels of the fight against criminal gangs in the state, especially as it is believed that some of the criminal elements in the state are non-natives. In a press release by the publicity secretary of Uke Development Union (UDU), Mr Ubaka Onwuanibe, which was made available to journalists in Awka, the community said it was now compulsory for all houses, shops and land owners to ensure the identities and occupations of those they rented their houses, shops or landed property to, were known. Onwuanibe said: ‘It is with every sense of responsibility that UDU Executive Council reassures of total commitment to ensuring safety and security of life and property in Uke Land. ‘It is also imperative to sound a serious note of warning to every household in Uke Land to be very mindful of strangers being admitted and accepted as tenants in their shops, stores, houses and compounds. ‘In no distant time, a format of such admittance and accommodation shall be made available to all village chairmen and strict adherence to the guidelines therein, is expected. He noted that it was pertinent that everyone joined hands to ensure maximum security in the community. While speaking about the recent kidnap and rescue of an indigene, Mr Chukwudiebube Okeakpu Modu, the UDU leadership thanked its president general, Mr Peter Chibuike Onyejegbu, and the monarch of the community, HRH Igwe Surveyor Charles Chuma Agbala, for the synergy that moved security agents to act promptly. ‘The effective working relationship and support from the Police and DSS authorities at Ogidi made it possible to unravel the seemingly mysterious circumstance surrounding the incident,’ Onwuanibe said.