The Anambra State police command has debunked the news describing Umunze in Orumba South LGA as the Headquarters of ESN, adding that the claim that their officers regard the town as a “No-Go-Area” is mischevious.
A statement by, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, the Police Public Relations Officer, while sympathising with a kidnap victim who made the claim on social media, said the ascertion “is false and baseless.”
Ikenga while acknowledging the security concern in the southern part of the community, said that collaborative effort is on underway to address the situation.
His statements reads: “Attention of Anambra State Police Command has been drawn to a story making the rounds on social media claiming that Umunze in Orumba South LGA is the Headquarters of ESN and that the Police regard the town as a “No-Go-Area”
“While sympathising with the kidnap victim who was allegedly held for four days in the area, it is important to let the public know that the claims attributed to the man is false and baseless.
“The public will recall that the Police-led Forward Operating Base in Aguata just last month smashed the insurgents Camp at Ogbunka near Umunze, rescuing three kidnapped victims including a Priest; recovering nine stolen Vehicles and three Pump Action Guns and arresting three of the criminals. So how can anyone claim the Police describe Umunze as a no-go area?
“The Divisional Police Headquarters in Umunze is functioning at full capacity and the Police continue to discharge its responsibilities to the people in the area.
“Police is however aware of insurgent activities to the south of Umunze in a neighbouring State and collaborative effort is ongoing to root them out of the place.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, wishes to assure the good people of the State that their safety remains the most important priority of the Police Command and this is permanent.”