At least 700 suspected cultists and 38 suspected armed robbers were arrested in different parts of Anambra in the last three weeks, an official said.
Garba Umar, the state Commissioner of Police, who made this known while speaking to newsmen on Sunday in Awka, said that the arrests were clear signal that Anambra was no longer a safe haven for criminals.
“This number of arrests within three weeks to me was unprecedented and we will sustain the tempo until we flush out all the bad eggs in the state,” he said.
He said that the police recovered several types of arms and ammunition from the suspects.
The commissioner said that some of the suspects had been arraigned, while the command was still investigating cases levelled against others.
He said that additional personnel had been deployed in Anambra by the Inspector-General to beef up the existing security in the state.
Mr. Umar said that the command had created 20 new units and deployed its personnel to various flash points across the state.
“I personally patrol some of these locations to ensure efficient operations. I am not an arm chair police commissioner.
“I move round myself to make sure that things are done the right way for security of lives and property of residents,” the commissioner said.