By Chinenye Ozor
Safe for the 2016 Ukpabi/Nimbo massacre, Enugu state had been relatively safe. This was in spite of pockets of skirmishes that were recorded which the police have been able to tackle decisively. The state police boss, Dan-Mallam Mohammed in an interview with Saturday Vanguard spoke of efforts made so far to tackle security challenges in the state.
We have been able to tackle security challenges decisively in Enugu state since I came on board. Enugu is now peaceful and calm to the glory of God. I can proudly say that the command is combat ready to tackle issues as they arise. We are on top of situations in Enugu and its environs. We have spread our dragnets to every nook and cranny in the state. There is no longer hiding place for men of the underworld in Enugu state. All the Area commands and police divisions in the state are on red alert 24 hours daily. Enugu state is not and will never be safe for criminals and kidnappers among criminal elements. I am always in contact with all Area commanders and divisional police officers in the state.
Forth-coming LG election
I have held meetings with the Area commanders and DPOs with regards to the forthcoming elections in the state. I directed all the Areacommands and divisions to make sure that there is no leakage in terms of security throughout the election period. I can assure you we are ready for the elections, every eligible citizen of the state will cast his/her vote freely without molestation and intimidation. The state police command will provide adequate security to ensure hitch free elections. The police are non-partisan and as such would not get involved in political party affairs but to ensure absolute security. I warned all the Area commanders and DPOs not to take side in politics but to ensuremaintenance of law and order and protect lives and property. I urged them to stick to that as the state command would not take it lightly with any officer who goes contrary to the constitutional responsibility of the police force. We have always asked the political parties to avoid unnecessary sentiments u birder to ensure hitch free, fair and transparent elections in the state. I directed the Area commands to ensure adequate security and be neutral in their areas of responsibility. We are on top of our game and know our constitutional responsibility.
We have met with Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC), political party leaders and the contestants to make sure that the elections are hitch free. We do not want any molestation and intimidation from any person, group of persons or political parties and that was why we met them. The elections will be free and transparent in terms of security related issues.
Relationship with the state Government
Since my arrival in February, the state police command has maintained a cordial relationship with the Enugu state governor Hon. IfeanyiUgwuanyi. He has been very supportive of the state police command both morally and in kind. He was always there each time the command called on him. The governor had assisted the state police command in no small measures, sharing issues of security with him. We will not let the state government down on security issues in the discharge of our constitutional responsibility.
Uzo- Uwani LGA security challenges
At Uzo-Uwani, we are working assiduously to make sure the area is safe and calm after the Nimbo incident in 2016. We have carried outthorough investigations to tackle the issues of kidnap and other related crimes in the area. When I assumed office as commissioner of police, we mobilised our team, mostly the anti kidnap unit, and went into the reported cases in the area, only to detect that most of the atrocious crimes were committed by indigenes who hid under the neighbourhood watch to commit heinous crimes in the area.
Some people in the area acting as neighbourhood watch used the identity of Fulani herdsmen to commit heinous crimes. For the past three months, the area has been very peaceful and calm. Presently, I have a special force patrolling the area to make sure the place is safe and calm. The traditional rulers in the area have been congratulating the state command; they came personally to thank me for making the area safe and calm. They have been sending text messages, encouraging me not to relent in constant patrol of the area. My special team entered the Malaysian forest in the area, and demolished the shrine in the forest.
CRAN nomination award for the command PPRO
I wish to thank crime reporters association of Nigeria (CRAN), Lagos for finding my PPRO worthy for an award which was a plus for the statecommand. We have been objective in our dealings with the general public on issues of security and the state police command will continue to partner the media on security matters in the state. We are very happy for the nomination of the PPRO for the CRAN award.
Advice to the general public
I also thank the people of Enugu state for their support and assistance to the state police command. I implore the general public to keep supporting the command in fighting crime, report any suspected move to the nearest police station and not to take laws into their hands. Members of the public should always be vigilant in their homes and neighbourhood, co-operate with the police and give relevant informationfor crime prevention and detection to ensure hitch free society in Enugu state and its environs.
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