Anambra State Commissioner of Police Aderemi Adeoye revealed that five out of seven local government areas occupied by insurgents in Anambra South Senatorial Zone are now safe for habitation.
Adeoye made this revelation while addressing journalists in Awka on Friday.
He furthered that efforts are ongoing to outrightly eliminate insurgency in the state.
The commissioner added that the command is emgaging the terrorists in a way that collateral damage would not be recorded.
He said: “This insurgency problem is not against non-indigenes as people think. They kidnap their own people and ask for ransom, and if you don’t pay, they kill you there. Ninety-five per cent of their victims are their own relatives. The other five per cent are travellers who, due to a lack of knowledge of the area, run into them. Our advice is to always use the expressway.
Speaking further, Adeoye said: “We are working to gradually reclaim all these areas that the insurgents have turned into their hideouts because of natural forests, harsh topography, difficult terrain, and others. They take refuge in that place and launch attacks from there, but now it is very difficult for them to launch such attacks and come out alive.”
He also maintained all seven local government areas that are in the Anambra South were in the past in tue hands insurgents.
“But now other parts of the state are safe except Nnewi South and a few areas in Ihiala. So, out of seven local government areas, we have reclaimed five, and we are working on liberating the remaining two. Incidentally, those two have links to Imo. It got so bad that even their traditional rulers fled the communities,” he explained.