The Police in Onitsha, Anambra State, over the week, uncovered a spot between the bank of the River Niger and the famous Main Market, through which unwholesome Kiwi Shoe Polish and other products were illegally imported into the commercial town and beyond.
The operation which was personally led by the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Garba Umar, resulted in the discovery of an underground warehouse with access to the River Niger where speed boats are used to import the polish and other goods at odd hours, thereby beating the security network of the police. The raid which was carried out in conjunction with operatives a of the Special Anti-robbery team, SARS, in the command, followed a complaint by a sole importer of Kiwi Polish in Nigeria, Chief Sam Anyanwutaku, that some people were bringing into the country, fake shoe polish and using Onitsha as the main supply base.
“We are seeing polish and it’s possible some people might also be importing other illegal items through the river. This is, indeed, an eye opener for us and we have to beef up security along the water ways by equipping the Marine Police and the Navy who have a synergy with us. We will go after the suspects and the owner of the warehouse and I, therefore, invite Anambra people to cooperate with us to make our society crime free.”
According to him, the issue of importation of adulterated products is a big problem and I assure you that the police would not rest on their oars until the sources of the importation are identified and blocked.