No fewer than 50 suspected criminals were on Tuesday paraded at the headquarters of the Anambra State Police Command, Amawbia, by the new Commissioner of Police, John Abang.
Abang, who declared war against all forms of criminality, reiterated his preparedness to fight criminals in the state to a standstill, particularly cultists.
He asked criminals in the state to repent or be ready to face the wrath of his men.
Abang, who was transferred from Akwa Ibom State to Anambra last week, said he had zero tolerance for crime.
He asked criminals in the state to get ready for more arrests and prosecution.
“They should be prepared for more inconvenience. I’ll be ridding Anambra of cultists continuously. I’ll be inconveniencing myself, my personnel and the criminals, because those who are law-abiding must sleep with their eyes fully closed,” he said.
The CP dismissed the allegation of indiscriminate arrest of youths in the state by police personnel and labelling them as cultists.
He said he would not be distracted by such allegations, adding, “If anybody says my men collected money to screen them before releasing them, let them come with a proof and it will be investigated.
“I want to reiterate my assurance to the people of the state both at home and in the Diaspora that the command under my watch will continue to work assiduously to ensure that Anambra State remains the safest in the country.”
Meanwhile, Abang has ordered the immediate deployment of police personnel in the warring Umuali Akanator Omor and Ereator Igbakwu communities in the Anyamelum Local Government Area of the state.
The police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, who disclosed this to Southern City News on Tuesday in Awka, said the deployment followed the land dispute between the two neighbouring communities.
Four persons were said to have sustained injuries, while one house was set ablaze and three motorcycles burnt during the crisis.
Mohammed said the development was to augment the personnel of the Anaku Division, who brought the situation under control.
He said the commissioner had also invited the warring parties and other stakeholders in the communities and urged them to find lasting solutions to the problem.