Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has pledged to rid the state of internet fraudsters popularly known as ‘yahoo yahoo boys’.
The governor, in his maiden broadcast to people of the state on Wednesday, promised to launch ‘Operation Flush Out Criminals,’ to tackle crimes in the state especially kidnapping.
He also pledged to establish a Neighbourhood Security Watch code-named ‘North East West.’.
“We shall create a Neighbourhood Security Watch code-named ‘North East West.’
“It will involve a coordinated network of Community Intelligence Gathering Programme in liaison with the NPF, DSS, NSCDC, NSO and some private security companies.
“In tandem, we shall launch Operation “FOC,” (Flush Out Criminals) – a combined security operations targeted at flashpoints and centres of high criminal activities, including hideouts, jungles, uncompleted buildings, forest, shrines, lakes and the creeks.
“Whether in Ohaji Egbema, or Nwaorieubi Shrine at Ifakala, or in the thick jungle at Akokwa, or Njaba or Urashi, we shall rout them and free our society of the menace of banditry, kidnappings, and ritual killings including Yahoo-Plus, and Alibaba Gangstars. It shall be a “SAD” season for criminals in Imo State, Gov. Uzodinma said.