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Anambra State Governor, Charles Soludo, reiterated its resolve to implement strict policy against miscreants, touts, and criminals in the state.
The Governor, who considers security, law, and order a top priority in his state, announced this commitment following his meeting with Vice President Kashim Shettima at the Presidential villa in Abuja.
Within just one week, Anambra State witnessed the detention of over 600 individuals suspected of being touts in different locations in and around Onitsha.
In a continued push to eradicate touting, the governor has unveiled a dedicated task force known as the State Anti-Touting Squad (SASA).
The apprehended touts were rounded up in various locations across the state just one week after the squad’s formation.
In a conversation with State House Correspondents, Soludo strongly cautioned miscreants, criminals, and touts engaged in the unlawful collection of revenues from innocent citizens, urging them to halt their activities or confront the full legal consequences.
He said: ‘Anambra is calm very calm and I can tell you it should be certainly one of the top three in terms of safety of lives and property.’
‘Security, law and order is our priority, we don’t condone touting. All these people collecting illegal revenue and trying to extort and expropriate from people innocently will be kicked out.’
Soludo stressed that in Anambra, a thriving commercial center, the government will not overlook the harassment of citizens by touts.
He stated that his government is ready to train individuals interested in skills acquisition and will provide the necessary startup capital for their new ventures.
‘Anambra is a state home of commerce and we don’t want people harassing others who come in and we have zero tolerance for that kind of miscreants. We have a message for them, if you need a job, just come out. we give you training and we have some start-up funds for you to begin afresh and take a new life.’
‘But if you choose to expropriate from others innocently then we have no room for that in Anambra state. So if you are a tout go else but if you are productive engagement, that’s Anambra, it is a home of enterprise not a home for lazy people who want to get something from nothing’ he warned.