From Isaac Ojo, Nnewi
The Commander General of Nnewi Central Vigilante, Chief Ibe Okonkwo, has giving a marching order to individuals without visible means of livelihood to either get positively engaged or leave he industrial town.
Chief Okonkwo who was speaking with journalists in his office said that a list of elements suspected to be bad eggs is being compiled and that at the appropriate time, such individuals would be fished out and handed over to relevant conventional security agencies.
He said his team is ready to sustain the partnership existing between the police and other security agencies in the area in order to make Nnewi safe for people to carry out their legitimate businesses without fear of harassment and intimidation from the men of the underworld.
As part of efforts to ensure that there is no bad eggs among the vigilante group, Chief Okonkwo said all the members have been duly captured and registered, warning all unregistered operatives to henceforth stop parading themselves as vigilante.
Chief Okonkwo vowed that any unregistered vigilante caught operating illegally would be handed over to the police for prosecution, noting that the need to make such warning has become imperative because there are reports of illegal and unregistered operatives harassing members of the public.
He, however, cautioned against obstruction of vehicular movement which, according to him, constitute a security risk in the long.
He noted that the Anambra state government is ready to extend her decongestion activities to Nnewi.
“I want to use this opportunity to notify the commercial bus operators who are in the habit of loading on the road and in the process cause avoidable traffic to look for a convenient park to do their business. I also implore those who have extended their shops beyond the gutter to remove them because the wind of positive change blowing in the commercial town of Onitsha will soon hit the industrial town of Nnewi,” he stressed.