Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Lawmakers in the sixth Anambra Legislature have condemned what they termed security lapses across Anambra state.
The lawmakers during plenary yesterday took turns to recount issues of insecurity relating to rape, kidnapping, killing and destruction of property.
Vivian Okadigbo representing Oyi state constituency gave an account of how a widow was gang-raped and slaughtered to death by unidentified persons on her way to the farm at Nteje area of her constituency.
She said such dastardly act undermined efforts by the state government to guarantee security of lives and property of the citizenry, stressing that the state commissioner of police and other security agencies should dig deep to uncover the killers of the widow and bring them to justice.
Barr. Chugbo Enwezor of Onitsha-North 1 state constituency, while lending his voice to discussions on security lapses in Anambra, noted that the federal government should be alive to its responsibility and statutory obligation of protecting the lives and property of the people. He wondered why a peasant farmer should be raped and thereafter butchered to death by able-bodied young men who should have channeled their youthful energy to more legitimate ventures.
The lawmaker representing Anambra-East state constituency Hon. Obinna Chris Emeneka also condemned the gruesome murder of the widow who was sexually molested and slain by unknown persons. Emeneka therefore called on security agencies to be alert in fighting crime as well as ensure that culprits are discovered and brought to book.
The majority leader of the House and member representing Anambra-West state constituency Hon.Victor Jideofor Okoye suggested what he called criminal profile to be able to ascertain whether someone had been convicted for a particular crime severally to determine penalty.
He equally suggested that the state government should set up a forensic laboratory for crime detection and that the local vigilantes should be equipped to enable them to work effectively with the police and other security agencies in the state.