The Interim Management Committee Chairman of the council, Mr Chukwuemeka Ebere, said this on Wednesday during a stakeholders’ meeting at the council secretariat in Owerri.
Ebere said that the meeting was convened to intimate the stakeholders, especially the police, traditional rulers and hoteliers in Owerri and its environs, about the council’s determination to rid the area of crime.
He expressed concern that most criminals in the area lodge in hotels, hence the need to take proactive security measures to prevent “avoidable crimes”.
Ebere appealed to the stakeholders to support government’s security measures, adding that Gov. Emeka Ihedioha was doing a lot to surmount security challenges in the state.
He said: “We want to ensure that the state, especially Owerri and its environs, is crime free ahead of the Yuletide.
“We call on the police and hoteliers to beware of criminals who lodge in hotels.
“They can mount functional Closed Circuit Television cameras in the hotels to make it easier for security agents to trackdown perpetrators of crime.”
Also speaking, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for New Owerri, Mr Paulinus Asogwa, urged Imo residents to assist security agencies with useful information that would aid the fight against crime.
Asogwa admonished hoteliers not to cover up suspected criminal activities of their guests, pointing out that business only thrive in secure environments.
“The police will work better when aided with useful information that would help us nip offenders in the bud.
“But a situation where hoteliers tend to cover up the illegal activities of their guests is worrisome and certainly not in the interest of the state,” he said. (NAN)
(Edited by Sam Oditah)