Tension and anxiety can best describe the mood in the Anambra State Police Command following concluded arrangements to transfer enmass police officers and men who have served in the area for more than three years.
Since the compilation of the affected officers and men started last year the state’s Police Commissioner Mr John Abang has been under pressure from certain influential persons in the state to avert the transfer of their friends in the command.
According to the Police Commissioner, while in an interactive session with the Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers, he said that since his inception as an Assistant Police Commissioner in the state until now that he is a full Commissioner he has discovered that some policemen have stayed up to 15 years in the state without being transferred.
“I have discovered that some policemen have stayed up to 15 years in Anambra State without going on transfer and I have been receiving phone calls from people telling me not to transfer such people on the grounds that they are good officers and men.
“This time we have been compiling the list of policemen who have stayed more than three years and they will certainly go on transfer out of Anambra State and even the Divisional Police Officers will be affected in this mass transfer.
“When a policeman stays up to five years and above he becomes part of the community and often becomes compromised and this will ultimately affect effective policing in the area and want to make it clear that I have the powers to call Abuja to effect their transfer no matter the pressure from anyone.”
Abang, however, lamented the clashes between the herdsmen and the village farmers in Umumbo, Ifite Ogwari Ukwala, Achalla Anaku communities in Awka North, Anambra West and Ayamelum local government areas respectively positing that should the clash continues it would spell doom for the state.
He urged the Traditional Rulers to detach themselves from the matter and exploit the synergy between them and the Anambra Farmers and Herdsmen Reconciliation Committee, of which he is the chairman.
Speaking at the occasion the Chairman of the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council and the Obi Of Onitsha Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe Agbogidi reiterated the commitment of the monarchs towards ensuring peace and harmony in the communities adding that the good working relationship between the vigilant groups in the state and the police has gone a long way in fighting crime in the state.