Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma has vowed to rid the state of fraudsters and other criminals.
Uzodinma, who was arrested by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property (SPIPRPP) in 2018 for complicity in $12m contract fraud, in his maiden broadcast to the people of the state on Wednesday said the state will no longer be a safe haven for criminal elements.
“We shall create a Neighbourhood Security Watch code-named ‘North East West.’
“It will involve a coordinated network of Community Intelligence Gathering Programme in liaison with the NPF, DSS, NSCDC, NSO and some private security companies.
“In tandem, we shall launch Operation “FOC,” (Flush Out Criminals) – a combined security operations targeted at flashpoints and centres of high criminal activities, including hideouts, jungles, uncompleted buildings, forest, shrines, lakes and the creeks.
“Whether in Ohaji Egbema, or Nwaorieubi Shrine at Ifakala, or in the thick jungle at Akokwa, or Njaba or Urashi, we shall rout them and free our society of the menace of banditry, kidnappings, and ritual killings including Yahoo-Plus, and Alibaba Gangstars. “It shall be a sad season for criminals in Imo State” the governor said.