Imo govt unfolds new plan to deal with criminals By Chinasa Ogbonna

Governor Rochas Anayo Okorocha of Imo State is considering what he termed the cultural and traditional measures of preventing crime.

The governor, who was speaking at the launch of Imo Security Black Book, said that publicly disgracing criminals at their home communities would go a long way in curbing crime in the state.

Owelle Okorocha, remarked in Igbo that the public disgrace of a person could be more devastating than his complete annihilation.

“Ogbugbu egburu ogaranya ka mma karia mmevo emevoro ya”, he said.

“For us to fight crime in the state, we must go back to cultural and traditional means of fighting crime. We are Igbos and Igbos are always conscious of who they are and where they come from”, he said adding that the average Igbo man avoids being disgraced in the public.

Gov. Okorocha said that the black book was to enable the state to have vital information for effective crime-fighting, especially as the Christmas and election approach.

The ceremony took place in an expanded Security Council meeting in Government House, Owerri.

The governor who regretted that Christmas periods that precede elections are always crime-prone, released N40 million to traditional rulers in the state as Chief Security Officers of their various communities to enable them to combat crime in the grassroots.

Gov. Okorocha told the traditional rulers and all security agencies in the state that security reports are that criminals are planning to relocate to Imo State and that the state will do everything to nip the plan on the bud.

He christened it “Operation stop them before they strike.”

He said the traditional rulers are to write down the names of suspected criminals in their communities and also give vital information to enable the government act.

He promised that the names would be announced on radio as a way to disgrace those involved.


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