The people of Imo State have begun to reap the benefits of the new outfit, Imo Security Network (ISN) launched recently by Gov. Rochas Anayo Okorocha.
Briefing newsmen, the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, disclosed that the network arrested six robbery suspects and a native doctor who allegedly prepares charms for them at Oru East.
The Commissioner who was speaking on the achievement of the network also said that the group arrested a suspected kidnapper who hails from Orsu local government at Orlu after he had abducted someone from Bayelsa State.
According to him, the group also arrested notorious criminals who terrorized people and snatched their phones around warehouse on Orlu Road as well as Aladinma, Ikenegbu and World Bank areas.
He said that the group, apart from mounting stop-and-search in some locations to nab suspects, had also embarked on a total bush- combing in all the 27 local government areas of the state in a bid to fish out criminals and their hideouts.
The group which, he said, works under other security agencies, acts on intelligence reports and tip-offs.
Dr Nwachukwu urged Imo people to support ISN but warned against giving false information. He also advised owners of uncompleted buildings to ensure proper security in them to avoid their demolition if they are discovered to be hideouts for criminals.
The commissioner warned the ISN men to be up and doing because government would not hesitate to sack those operating in areas where crime is persistent.
He said that the Network is divided into nine units, with the Command Headquarters at Ikemba Ojukwu Centre. He gave out numbers to be called when one suspects any movement.
The units and the phone numbers are as follows; Unit 1: Ngor-Okpala, Aboh Mbaise and Ezinihitte LGAs, contact number, 08075415604, Unit 2; Ikeduru, Mbaitoli, Owerri North, contact number 08075415187, Unit 5, Njaba I, Nwangele, Isu, Isiala Mbano LGAs – 08075414455, Unit 6 Ideato North, Onu-Imo, Okigwe-0875415187, Unit 7, Orsu, Orlu, Ideato South – 0807541228, Unit 8, Oguta 2, Oru East, Oru West, Njaba 2 – 08075414683.
Others are SSA Security Network – 08071690454, SA Security Orlu Zone 08075404016, SA Security Owerri zone 08075415110; SA Security Okigwe Zone 08075414083, and Government House 08075414614.