Following a growing wave of crime, the Uke Community of Idemili South Council of Anambra State declared what it called “Operation Know Your Tenants”.
The community said the move became necessary since it was discovered that some of the criminal elements in the state are non-indigenous.
It should be recalled that the government and state police said they have stepped up the fight against criminal gangs in the state and are now taking the fight to their hideouts across the state.
Uke Development Union (UDU) Publicity Secretary Mr Ubaka Onwuanibe in a statement made available to Awka reporters yesterday said the community has now made it mandatory for all homes, shops and landowners to ensure that they know the identity and occupation of those they are letting their property to occupy.
The statement said: “It is with a sense of responsibility that the UDU Executive Board reassures of its full commitment to ensuring the safety of life and property in Ukeland.
“It is also imperative that every household in Ukeland be given serious warning to be very mindful of foreigners being admitted and accepted as tenants in their shops, stores, homes and compounds.
“Soon, the format for this admission and accommodation will be made available to all Village Presidents and strict adherence to the guidelines is expected.
“It is pertinent to remind ourselves, once again, of the need for everyone to be on deck for all matters relating to safety at Ukeland.”
Commenting on the recent abduction and rescue of their son, Mr. Chukwudiebube Modu, the union secretary thanked their general president, Mr. Peter Onyejegbu and the traditional leader of the community, HRH Igwe Charles Agbala, for the synergy that drove the security officers to act. rapidly.
In another development, the state government announced yesterday that it has restored peace to the Nkwelle Ezunaka community of the state’s Oyi local council after more than eight years of crisis.
The Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Mr Collins Nwabunwanne, who brokered peace in a reconciliation meeting with the warring factions in his office at Government House Awka, praised community members for allowing peace to reign.
Nwabunwanne reminded them of the need for peaceful coexistence, insisting that he reconciled the factions so that progress and stability would return to their community.