By Jude Michael

The Anambra State Police Command has commended the citizens of Anambra State for their change of attitude which has seen them helping the police with information about criminal elements in the state. The commendation is coming just after the Command had flayed the people of the state for their reluctance to assist the police with credible information about criminals and their hideouts. But the State Police Command, while addressing newsmen last Monday through its spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said that recent information by indigenes had helped the command to burst many criminal syndicates in the last one week, and also taken out many criminal elements. Ikenga said: ‘You know that last week when you people came for a press conference, the CP (Echeng Echeng) had complained about the reluctance of most communities to come out with information on criminals who have been code named unknown gunmen. ‘The CP had complained that there seemed to be a conspiracy of silence among most indigenes, but I can tell you that after those reports, many indigenes have now started volunteering information to us. ‘Within one week, we have gotten information that we never knew existed. We have also heard a lot of stories from people, and we have used those information to burst many criminal syndicates.’ Ikenga thanked the media for the role it was playing, saying that a lot of criminal suspects had been arrested, including native doctors who fortified the criminals. He promised that soon, more stories of the arrest of criminals would be made available to the media as suspects were still being interrogated. Speaking on the recent arrest of a native doctor, Ikenga said the suspect had made a lot of useful information and would be paraded soon with many others. He also added that soon, the reign of criminals would be over in the state, and called on more indigenes to come up with information, including places where criminals camped in any part of the state.

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