By Lawrence Nwimo, Awka.
The days of touting and other criminal activities may be over in Anambra State as youths under the aegis of ‘Anambra Youths Volunteer’ have vowed to rally behind the Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo-led administration to restore peace and sanity in the state.
The youth group said it would assist the state government and security agencies to sanitize every corner of the state and get rid of touts that had tormented the state in the past.
Speaking with Ikengaonline in Onitsha, the commercial hub of the state on Tuesday, leader of the group, Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu, said youths under the group would give special attention on traffic, surveillance and monitoring activities in the state.
He said their resolve was in response to Governor Soludo’s inaugural “pronouncement on touting and other criminal activities in the state and in solidarity with the enforcement order of the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Echeng Echeng.”
His words: “We the Anambra Youths Volunteers hereby declare our resolve to assist the state government and the security agencies in checking these youth-prone excesses.
“We will end all criminal activities. No more snatching of handbags, phones and personal belongings of innocent citizens.
” We are going to assist and ensure that peace, law and order are restored in the state.”
Mr. Okpalaezeukwu admonished youths engaging in touting and other unlawful activities in Anambra to desist, reiterating that the group will not fail to use the full weight of the Mobile Courts established by the new administration to deal ruthlessly with any hoodlum caught terrorizing the state in any form.
He said the group was determined to rehabilitate, rebrand and reintegrate repentant touts willing to turn a new leaf.