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The Commissioner for Homeland Affairs in Anambra State, Chief Chikodi Anarah, has claimed the state government is currently winning the war against insecurity and other criminal activities bedeviling the state in recent times.
Anarah gave this update while defending the 2022 budget estimate of the ministry before the Anambra House of Assembly committee on Police Affairs and Security Matters, at the House of Assembly complex in Awka.
While pointing out the most troubled local councils of the state to include, Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Nnewi South, Nnewi North, Ogbaru, Aguata, Orumba North and Orumba South, he maintained that the government would not rest in the fight until peace is fully restored in those areas as well as other flash points.
Anarah, who commended the security agencies in the state for their commitment and achievement, recalled that the state governor, Chukwuma Soludo, has reinvigorated and equipped the Anambra Vigilante Group for the challenges of the moment.
Meanwhile, the Peace Corps has offered to mobilise no fewer than 5,000 of its personnel to Soludo to assist his government tackle youth restiveness.
The Commandant of the Peace Corps in the state, Innocent Okolo, who spoke to The Guardian, yesterday, observed the partnership became necessary in view of the fact that youth restiveness is hampering smooth running of the Soludo administration since inception.
He noted that youth restiveness, which is the cause of youths’ involvement in crime and other social vices, would be reduced to the barest minimum if the Soludo administration carries his officers and men along.
Okolo expressed hope that provision of stipends to the corps, as well as logistics for its day-to-day running and operations would get youths to have positive behavioural change.
He explained that by the ‘catch’em young,’ vision of the corps, the command undertakes to orientate and re-orientate the youths, create job opportunities, improve livelihood and alleviate poverty, thereby giving them a sense of belonging.
The State Corps Commandant said his command mobilises its personnel to higher institutions of learning where they work as agents of change, trying to catch students young, helping the school management enforce discipline on erring students, monitoring cultists, cult formations and their sponsors and check examinations malpractices, among other social vices.