The State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Anambra State Command, Mr Edwin Osuala, has charged members of Nigerian Hunters and Forest Security Services in Anambra to avail the command of credible information to rid the state of criminals and other miscreants.
Osuala, who addressed members of the NHFSS, when they paid a familiarisation visit in his office on Thursday, described the hunters as very important elements in society, saying that the Corps would use their expertise to strengthen the operational framework in the state.
This is according to a statement by the NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Okadigbo Edwin, on Friday.
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Osuala said, “As a critical stakeholder, your collaboration is vital towards providing a security friendly environment for all Anambra residents to operate. I call on you to come forward with relevant information that will aid security agencies in the state to succeed in ridding the state of all forms of criminality.
“NSCDC remains committed to the maintenance of peace and security. We appealed to NHFSS to partner with the Corps and other relevant stakeholders in achieving better security in the state.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Anambra State Commander of Nigerian Hunters and Forest Security Services, Titus Ogudogwo, said the association, despite waiting for the signing of the bill establishing it, has been rendering a series of auxiliary services to the country through collaboration with existing relevant security agencies to strengthen the internal security system.
Ogudogwo said signing the bill into law will give the association the legal backing to chase criminals from the forests.
“As hunters, we are present in all the nooks and crannies of our forests and you will agree with me that some of these social enemies — the criminals — have made the forest their place of hibernation.
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“We are patiently waiting for our bill to be signed into law to empower us to flush criminal elements out of our ungoverned spaces, which are mainly the forests, bushes, and farmlands,” Ogudogwo added.
He applauded the state commandant and the command for their resilience in restoring peace and normalcy in the state.