The Police command in Anambra state has accuse some communities in the state of habouring and hiding several of the gun men who have been causing mayhem in the state in recent times.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng E. Echeng who made this known claimed that these communities are shielding criminals from being arrested and facing the law, thereby empowering them to attack and kill innocent people.
During his briefing with the state journalists, on the murder of Anambra state lawmaker Hon. Okechukwu Okoye and his aide, Cyril Chiegboka. Commissioner Echeng noted that they have an issue of conspiracy of silence among the communities, added that people know those killing and kidnapping in the communities, but are not ready to talk.
He further stated that people are “mystify” those behind the violent crimes with the tag “unknown gunmen”, when they are known by the various communities. Echeng also said that though the police is trying to curb violent crimes, the state is however bothered by neighbouring states and it is easy to move in and out. he said
“Some of us have come out to tag these people unknown gunmen, while in actual sense they are known. We are trying to mystify something that is not just there. It is time we go into demystifying the tag unknown gunmen. They are not spirits; they are our brothers; they live with us in our communities . That is the obvious truth.
“We know who are these people. The problem the state security have is total conspiracy of silence; when nobody sees something; nobody says something and nobody hears something. Security is collective, everybody has a battle. Crimes are localised, the crimes are committed in our communities and we should be able to say this is what is happening in our communities.
“We are glorifying people that we know and tag them unknown gunmen. We know them and we have actually arrested some of them and they are human beings.”
“From this night , you are going to hear something because we cannot continue with this. We are taking the fight to them and we believe we will win the battle”