“Only the very best is good for Anambra. The security agencies in Anambra State have assured me that the state is ready for a peaceful celebration,” Chief Obiano said. The then Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, had at the presentation said: “We are here to celebrate the security vehicles procured by the most amiable governor, Willie Obiano. The business of securing life is in line with effecting the sacred constitution of the Federal Government that the security of lives and properties remain the utmost purpose. The investment will not be in vain. You have challenged us and I assure you that to whom much is given, much is expected.”
On his part, the then state Commissioner of Police, CP Hosea Karma, hailed the governor’s unmatched support for the state police since the inception of his administration. He recalled that the state had in the past been an operating ground for inglorious hoodlums and kidnappers with investors running away from the state while residents lived in perpetual fear. Karma observed that with the joint effort of the state government and the police, reformation of intelligence- led policing, the state has experienced absolute peace. He thanked Governor Obiano for the prompt payment of security personnel on Joint Task Force (JTF) duties as well as the provision of a Police Mess and a befitting police band which, according to him, has ended the era of going to Enugu to borrow instruments during occasions.
The cars which Obiano boasted was manufactured according to US specification had some important distinguishing features including speed guns to detect over-speeding vehicles, alcohol detecting machines (Breathlizers), smart patrol, among others. The vehicles were also deployed to some flash points in the state, where crime is prevalent, and just driving through the state, one is sure to see them at some points, ready to get down to work.
One now wonder why anyone will make a fuss of whatever the governor was collecting as security vote, when there was a time when armed robbers sacked even markets in broad day light. Kidnapping has also been brought down to its barest minimum as news of kidnap are no longer read in dailies, unlike before when the kidnap of less meaning people in the society meant nothing to the media as high profile kidnappings were regularly registered in the state on a daily basis.