… Launches Anambra Special Anti-Touting Squad
By Christian Aburime
Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has declared full blown war against touts in the state.
Soludo who made this declaration during the launch of the Anambra Special Anti-Touting Squad held at Upper Iweka, Onitsha said that the days of touting in the state is over.
He maintained that an environment where lawlessness has become a culture, bringing back law and order will be difficult.
The governor disclosed that the launch of the squad is an acceleration towards fulfilling his promise to restore law and order back to the state especially to the people living within the Onitsha North and South, Ogbaru, Oyi, and Idemili.
Congratulating the members of the squad, Governor Soludo tasked them on diligence, passion and commitment just as he advised them to adhere to the code of conduct guiding their operation an avoid lowering the work standard.
Soludo revealed that members of the anti-touting squad would collaborate with the Nigerian Armed Forces to keep the State safe and to restore it to the light of the nation.
He said, “When we assumed office, 8 local governments were taken over. Thanks to the combined efforts of our security agencies and the vigilante service with the support of those local government areas have been liberated and normalcy restored. The Governor charged the citizens to always remember the campaign of “if you see something, you say something”.
“We have told the youths to come out from their hideouts and the bush. We shall help to rehabilitate and integrate them into society to be useful to their families, communities, states, and nations.
“While dealing with hoodlums on a larger scale, we will be dealing with touts in Onitsha greater area and Anambra State as a whole.
“We are fighting a war to bring back the soul of our society governed by law and order not a society anyone does what he or she likes arbitrarily without recourse to law and order
“Touts disturb customers who come from every nook and cranny of the country. But this journey is to rescue Onitsha as a commercial hub and Anambra State in general,” the Governor said.
Soludo disclosed phone numbers shall be made available to ndi Anambra to inform the government of any touting activities they notice in the area.
The Governor while warning all market chairmen reiterated that any market where touts are still operating shall be disbanded and the Chairmen shall be removed from office. He maintained that each Market Chairman must take responsibility!
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Homeland Affairs, Chief Chikodiri Anara, while assuring the Soludo that the men of the squad are well trained and by December, positive changes will be noticed sounded a note of warning to hoodlums causing trouble in the state to leave the state, as they won’t find it comfortable to operate from now on.
Commissioner for Information, Sir Paul Nwosu, Commissioner for Youth Development, Patrick Aghamba, Special Adviser on Security Matters, AVM Chiobi, Chief of Protocol, Chinedu Nwoye Glamour, President General Anambra State Markets Amalgamated Traders Association (ASMATA), Chief Humphrey Anuna (Onwa), Members of the Armed Forces amongst others attended the event.