The executive Governor of Anambra State, Charles Chukwuma Soludo, has issued a directive to landlords following the rising security challenges in the state, Naija News reports.
Soludo in a bid to get rid of terrorism and all forms of criminal activities in the state ordered all landlords to embark on a movement he called “Operation Know Your Tenant”.
He charged the landlords to henceforth keep appropriate records of their tenants, warning them to immediately report such tenants that are suspected to be involved in criminal activities or that have an alliance with any criminal group.
The governor in a statement made available to newsmen through his Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Aburime, insisted that no part of Anambra State, whether a house, bush or forest, should be used as camps for criminals, Naija News reports.
He warned that anyone with a gun in a camp should be considered a criminal and vowed that government and the people would work with security agencies to flush them out.
He said: “The state government shall, pursuant to its powers under the Land Use Act, revoke and acquire any land found to be harbouring these criminals, for public purpose.
“Henceforth, every community is required to provide information on any part of their land occupied by these criminals as camps. If the community fails to do so, the government will take over such land.
“Similarly, any buildings found to be harbouring kidnappers and murderers in the state will, as provided by Criminal Code (Amendment No.3) Law 2013, be forfeited to the government.
“All hotels have been directed to obtain the means of identification of their guests, keep an inventory of all guests and immediately report any suspicious persons or group of persons checking into or converging in their facilities.
“Various ranges of bounties have been placed on criminals in the state. These are some of the sincere measures to ensure that peace returns in the state”.
Soludo stated that his government is already taking measures to end criminality in the state, adding that most of the steps already taken are yielding satisfactory results with more successes anticipated.
He assured of the readiness of the government to uproot any form of criminality in the state and encouraged the people to go about their lawful duties as their security is the number one priority of the government.
He described the May 20 killing of Mrs. Harira Jibril and her four children by unidentified assailants as “barbaric and unacceptable” and vowed to fish out the perpetrators and ensure they were dealt with according to law.
“The government of Anambra State cannot shirk or relent on its constitutional responsibility of securing life and property of the citizens and residents.
“Some proactive actions are already being taken to allay the fears of the residents” he added.