Seeks partnership with journalists
COMMISSIONER of Police, Anambra State command, CP John Abang has restated the command’s readiness to continue to make the state the safest in the country through reinvigorating the Operation Puff Adder and giving it more bite to tackle cultism, robbery and kidnapping particularly.
This was made known at the command headquarters, Awka during a maiden press briefing of the C P who took over from CP Mustapha Dandaura as the 28th Police Commissioner in the state. According to the commissioner, in keeping with the vision of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu to make Nigeria safer and more secure for economic development and growth, the Command under my watch shall take a zero tolerance stance on crime.
Therefore, all our efforts and energies shall be mobilized and deployed towards the prevention of crimes; and the successful apprehension of criminals that would test our resolve.
He stated that for the command to fight violent crimes and cultism to a standstill, efforts would be made to employ Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) strategies and Community Policing Principles where applicable and germane to specific problems and issues.
CP Abang who pledged to partner journalists in the state for effective flow of information, urged them to verify their information before dishing it out to the public. He also promised to run an open door policy. “I want to solicit the support and understanding of the fourth Estate of the Realm in the resolve of the police command to make Anambra State safer for all and sundry.
He regretted that the command recently lost an operative of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in an onslaught against kidnappers and described it as unacceptable to the command. While calling on officers and men of the command to brace up for the task ahead, he advised cultists, robbers and kidnappers to have a rethink and purge themselves or relocate away from the state.
“On assumption of duty, I have been fully briefed on a few criminal and security challenges in the state such as disputes over land, the menace of one chance robbery gangs, robbery, kidnapping and of course cultism.” He commended his predecessor, CP Mustapha Dandaura for having recorded many successes in clearing the menace of miscreants in several areas of Onitsha metropolis, the arrest and prosecution of murder and robbery suspects and the general maintenance of law and order in the state.
The commissioner, who further decried the spate of fake news in the society, saying that it has the capacity to cause widespread disaffection, chaos, violence or disruption of the public peace, warned the purveyors of such news through whatever means to desist henceforth or face the full wrath of the law whenever they are apprehended.
He urge all personnel of the command to eschew corruption and indiscipline, stating that the command will sustain the existing inter-agency collaboration and improve respect for the Rule of law and fundamental Human Rights in accordance with international best practices.
“I am not unmindful of other challenges bordering on professional misconduct on the part of our officers and men such as extortion, unlawful and over- detention and incivility to members of the Public among others.
Commending the state government for its immense support for the operations and activities of the command and its personnel, CP assured ndi Anambra both at home and in Diaspora that the command under his watch will work assiduously to continue to make the state the safest in the country.
“It is also pertinent to emphasize here that, the safety and security of lives and property in the state will not be possible without the cooperation of well -meaning members of the public, religious and community leaders.
Your trust in the ability of the police and other security agencies will continue to engender a safe and secure environment for all residents in the state.”