THE Supervisory Committee of the Anambra State Vigilante Group (AVG) has placed its operatives in the 179 communities in the state on red alert, following what it termed unconfirmed mass movement of strangers around Amawbia, Agulu, Nise, Neni and Adazi axis.
The Chairman of the Committee, Chief Ikechukwu Ayo Aduba, who is a retired Commissioner of Police in a statement in Onitsha, stated that in addition to the operatives, all field commanders were to join the chorus.
Aduba further directed the operatives to collaborate with the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to secure their areas as the year enters its last quarter.
The AVG boss outed that usually there is a surge in crime in the period during the Yuletide and that normally AVG beefs up security to ensure that Anambra maintains its status as one of the safest states in Nigeria.
He called on road traffic authorities, such as Anambra State Traffic Agency, (ASTA), the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), Nigeria Police and Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OSHA) Brigade to watch out for those who use motorbikes to ferry dubious elements into the state.
According to the Vigilante boss, “the use of commercial motorcyclists (okada) in urban centres had been outlawed just like their carrying more than one person at a time where the bikes are allowed to operate.
“It is against the Land Use Act for any individual to sell, land, especially to cattle rearers without obtaining permission from the State Government.
“This warning is being repeated to forestall nomadic migrant herders from settling in our forests which is equally under surveillance by AVG Intelligence Unit.
“All AVG Senior Zonal Supervisors, Supervisors, Commanders and Chairmen should work together with their traditional rulers and Presidents-General of town unions so that Anambra remains tops in terms of security especially in the “ember months.”
He recalled that the Miyetti Allah had denied sponsoring the influx of northern elements to Anambra, and had reassured that the alarm about a fresh influx of their people into the state was unfounded and should be disregarded.
Aduba said that people in the state should be security conscious and ready to supply genuine intelligence to AVG.
He also warned those raising false alarms and creating unnecessary tension in the state to desist forthwith.