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The governor of Anambra State, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has given criminals in the state two weeks to leave, saying they would not find anywhere to hide or operate in the state after the period.
Soludo gave the warning at the celebration of Onitsha Ofala festival and 22nd anniversary of the traditional ruler, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, yesterday at Ime Obi Onisha.
Soludo, who said Onitsha is the melting pot of people of the South East, stated that the security of the commercial hub was very paramount to the socio-economic and commercial advancement of Igboland and the country at large.
‘Onitsha is the homeland of the entire Igbo race because there is no person in the South East that does not have a relative in Onitsha and this includes the greater Onitsha which comprises of Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Idemili-North, Idemili South, as well as, Ogbaru local government areas.
“We cannot afford to allow touts to run down Onitsha which is the commercial nerve centre of the South East and we are clearing all illegal structures and undesirable elements in Onitsha”, Soludo stated, and assured that in two weeks something spectacular would happen in the commercial city that would flush out all criminals elements from the area.
Igwe Achebe while delivering his royal address said the poor outcome of the 2023 general elections and attendant protests trailing the outcome would have been avoided if INEC had convincingly conducted a transparent, free, fair and credible polls considering massive resources available at the disposal of the commission.
He noted that the myriads of problems currently facing the country had brought the nation to a dangerous crossroad of political, economic, insecurity and social woes and in the process affecting all other spheres of the polity.
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