Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Transition Committee Chairman of Onitsha-North Local Government Area of Anambra State Hon. Patrick Aghadinuno Mba has said that the council authority has taken a decision to unleash war on criminal elements in the area.
He said the decision became necessary following the heinous activities being carried out by hoodlums lurking in the area due to the commercial nature of the council area housing the popular main market Onitsha and some other markets.
Mba who spoke with journalists at the local government secretariat on Monday, explained that the council authority employed what he described as Operation Light Up Onitsha-North to expose flashpoints where criminal elements capitalise to dispossess residents off their belongings.
He said his administration embarked on Street Lighting Project aimed at chasing criminals away from the area to reduce incessant attacks on residents and business owners adding that it is on record that Anambra is one of the safest states in the country and that it is important to key into the security strategy of the state government to provide street lights in the two constituencies of Onitsha-North council area.
According to the TC chairman, the local government has provided street lights in some roads namely Ojedi, Orakwe, St. Stephens, Omosele, Bishop Onyeabo, Inland town, Emmanuel church, Ibekwe, Isiokwe, Mba, Agba and some other streets in the council area noting that electricity is one of the veritable instruments to fight crime.
Also in another development, Mba said that the local government council was working on mitigation strategies to control flooding in the council area as the rain intensifies.
He said drainage systems were being desilted and that structures erected on waterways were also being pulled down to avoid blockages which he attributed to the remote cause of flood and erosion in the state.