From Isaac Ojo, Nnewi
The Chairman of the Anambra Vigilance Group (AVG), Mr Ikechukwu Aduba, has said that the security outfit had arrested forty suspected criminals in the state this year.
Aduba, a retired Commissioner of Police, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Awka.
He said the group also recovered weapons including locally-made guns, machetes and speedboats from the criminals during the period, other items recovered from the criminals by AVG operators included 6 plasma television sets, 2 musical sets, one generating set and 4 computer devices.
Aduba said that the effective collaboration of vigilantes and the Police Command in the state had ensured safety of the residents and their property.
The AVG boss said his group had about 9, 000 operatives at the grassroots who provided information that enhanced the efficiency of other state security agents.
“AVG is a product of Anambra Vigilance Law 2014/2015 and we collaborate very effectively with the Nigeria Police Force. The success story of security in Anambra cannot be complete without mentioning what the AVG has done; we have been able to provide information and also arrest criminals.
“From 2017 Christmas till now, we have arrested more than forty die-hard-criminals and handed them over to the police for prosecution.
He, however, applauded the Anambra state governor, Chief Willie Obiano for taking security and AVG in particular very seriously, noting that with the support of the governor, AVG has become one of the most vibrant and proactive in the country today.
“Anambra is calm and we commend the police and all the security agencies in the state for their roles in that achievement,” he said.