From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha
The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hosea Karma, yesterday said that policemen and other security agents have been deployed in Amanse, Umuobom and Anyamelum communities to avoid possible clash between herdsmen and farmers in the areas.
The CP said Governor Willie Obiano has taken proactive measures to ensure peaceful coexistence between the herdsmen and farmers in the state by setting up committee comprising some traditional rulers, town union presidents, elders and security agents which he chaired to ensure peace and avoid possible clash.
Karma disclosed this yesterday at the Police Area Command Onitsha, when he was honored by the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) among other heads of security agents in the state. He said the security challenges being faced by the country would be surmounted in shortest time.
He said: “We have serious security challenges between the herdsmen and farmers across the country. The governor has taken proactive measures to ensure peace in the state as it relates to Fulani herdsmen by setting up committee comprising some traditional rulers and town union president, elders and security agents as to ensure peace in various communities to avoid possible clash between farmers and Fulani herdsmen.
“And that is why we have not had any clash between the herdsmen and farmers in the state because whenever there is any attempt for any attack it would be properly managed and curtailed. We have deployed policemen to Umuobom, Amanse and Anyamelum to maintain peace and to avoid clash between farmers and herdsmen in the area”.
He said the success recorded in the security of lives and property in the state over the time was as a result of Governor Obiano making security priority, and the cooperation of the people. He urged the people to always give police information that would assist them in the performance of their duty.
In his remarks, the Chairman of PCRC, Area Command Onitsha, Sir Victor Agubisi, said the honour to CP Karma was well deserved due to the peculiar and unique style he adopted in piloting the affairs of the police in the state by clamping down on criminals. He said that night life has returned in the state as traders who ran away due to insecurity were returning following the calmness and improved security in the state.
Others honoured at the event include, Army Commander in Onitsha, Commandant of Civil Defense Corps, Sector Commander of Road Safety, the head NDLEA, Bishop of Onitsha Archdiocese Rev. Dr. Valerian Okeke and Red Cross coordinator in the state.