Imo State Police Command has denied carrying out a raid operation at the home of leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Chief Raph Uwazuruike.
Responding to questions yesterday during a press briefing at command headquarters, Owerri, the new Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Mr Taiwo Lakanu said the issue of raid was mere of a propaganda being spread by MASSOB.
He explained that the police only invited the leader of the movement for questioning, saying he honoured the invitation and was quizzed but not detained, and charged the group to prove him wrong if they had facts that prove a raid on the house of Chief Uwazuruike.
Lakanu maintained that MASSOB, as long as the police was concerned, remained an outlawed organisation and charged members of the group to disengage from it or be ready to face the full weight of the law.
The CP earlier in his address disclosed that since his resumption of duty in the state on September 2, the command had recorded some successes in crime fighting and control in the state.
According to him, the coordinated activities of men of the command on his first day in the state led to the dismantling and arrest of two notorious gangs of armed robbers who had been disturbing residents of Aladimma area of the state capital.
He added that another gang whicho specialised in attacking and robbing passengers of tricycles were incapacitated along Mbaise by Douglas Road, Owerri, as well as recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from hoodlums terrorising the state.
Declaring his resolve to totally eradicate crime in the state, CP Lakanu said, “It is my desire to eradicate crime and criminality in the state. I want to assure the Imo State indigenes and residents of our preparedness to provide adequate security for the state.”


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