Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector General of police, has warned that the police would not spare common criminals hiding under agitations to attack innocent people.
The IGP, stated this while commissioning a new police formation in the Anambra State capital, observed that agitators for a separate state were perpetuating criminal acts in Anambra and other states by attacking police facilities and operatives.
He said, “Secessionist ideas will not continue like this. There are better ways to agitate, and the government will not be intimidated by these people. This is criminality, and the agitation for Biafra is just a smokescreen for criminality.
“Vigilante operatives are key in our crime fighting. The vigilante operatives have done well, without them we will not succeed. We urge communities to support their vigilante. Security is everybody’s business, security is not keeping quiet when you see what is going wrong, or what you should do.
“We are behind you (commissioner of Police in Anambra State) to ensure that there is law and order in Anambra. The governor is security friendly and has always assisted us.
“With the challenges of 2023, we shall provide level playing ground and the environment shall be created for all politicians to exercise their franchise.
He explained that the new divisional police station, which is among the 120 built across the country, is an initiative to give operatives of the police a conducive working environment to enable them give their very best.
“This is one of the projects we have put in place for our officers to have a great place to work and retire into. We need more edifices like this to be able to provide our men with the good environment to work.
“It will provide service for people around here and we will replicate this in other places to ensure that we give our officers the best and in the spirit of federal character. We will continue to do this in places that we can”, he added.