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Police partners vigilante group to combat crime in Ihiala

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IN its efforts to curb crime and criminality, Ihiala Divisional Police, in collaboration with the local vigilante have beefed up security in the LGA and environs to forestall unwanted killings and crime in the area.

This was necessitated by the cases of incessant cult clashes and robbery that claimed the lives of two reputable men, one Raphael from Akata in Imo State, who owns a plaza, houses and many landed properties in Ihiala and Mr. Friday Udezuka, from Umuezeogu village, who was the manager of Agiliga filling station, murdered two days after Raphael.

When contacted, the Divisional Police Officer of Ihiala Division was not on seat but one inspector who pleaded anonymity said that the division is on ground for the culprits, saying that the division is doing everything possible, to bring the culprits to book.

He outlined major plans the division has set aside to eliminate crime in the local government area to include restriction of okada from 7 pm, raiding of brothels, criminal hideouts, stop and search in some cases, among others, stressing that the hoodlums mostly operate in the night with motorcycles.

Meanwhile, the traditional ruler of Ihiala, Oluoha Thomas Obidiegwu has called for the restructuring of the local vigilante as well as adding more people of no questionable characters, with capable hands in the security outfit.

He also urged the police divisions in the local government not to relent, in discharging their duties.

He said that Ihiala must do everything within their powers to eliminate crime in their community.

The monarch urged the people of Ihiala to remain calm because strong measures have been put in place to maintain peaceful environment in the town.

Reacting on the development, Mrs. Ngozi Ezenwammadu expressed joy for setting up the joint task force to curb crime in the local government, urging them not to relent in their good work.

While congratulating the efforts of the joint task force, Mr. Okey Ilozumba said that if serious measures were not taken, the hoodlums would  take over communities.

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