Chukwuma Soludo, governor of Anambra, has revealed that unknown gunmen wreaking havoc in the state are from the South-East region.
The governor made this statement while participating in Channels TV’s Sunday politics program.
He said that the attackers in the state weren’t unknown gunmen and that state authorities had captured the majority of them.
His revelations come amidst allegations that Igbo separatist group Biafra was responsible for attacks in the South-East
When asked about the identity of the assailants, who are typically referred to as “unknown gunmen,” the governor stated that they are known.
“They are plain criminals, nothing else, It is lucrative criminality and idolatry. These are the two things that have come with it. Anambra is, without a doubt, the richest state in the South-East. So, this is the place where kidnapping has the highest value. So, you have the highest concentration here,” Soludo said
“They are not unknown gunmen. They are unknown to the extent that maybe they are not caught immediately in the act, but I can tell you that we have been catching quite a lot of them and they know that something is happening and that Anambra is not safe for them. Never again.
“Let me be clear about this. 100 per cent of all the people that we have caught are Igbos. There is no one who has somebody invading from somewhere. It is 100 per cent Igbos on Igbos.
“The first set of people we caught were 100 per cent Igbos from other south-east states and none from Anambra.
“But as we went on, we then discovered that a whole lot of the youths who have been taken to these bushes that got indoctrinated and initiated into all these kinds of things also happen to be citizens of Anambra state or indigenes of Anambra.”
Gunmen have been attacking citizens, security personnel, and public facilities in Anambra in recent months.
On September 11, gunmen ambushed the convoy of Ifeanyi Ubah, a senatorial candidate for Anambra’s south senatorial district, in Nkwo Enugu Ukwu, in the Njikoka LGA of Anambra.
The incident claimed the lives of police officers and a few of the senator’s aides.
The governor added that his administration is employing every tool at its disposal, including the “stick and carrot” strategy, to combat crime in the state.
He said that since his administration took office, the state had experienced “relative peace” as a result of his administration’s “extremely determined” efforts to eradicate crime
“Their camps are being decimated. It won’t be too long before we pin them down. Anambra has been quite relatively peaceful. We are pursuing this agenda. Compared to many other places in Nigeria, I’ll dare to say — if we are to have the statistics for the past three months — I think Anambra will compete favourably as one of the safest comparatively,” Soludo said.