Policemen serving in the Abia State Police Command have been warned against supplying their arms and ammunition to criminals.
The State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Jonathan Johnson, who handed down the warning during his familiarisation visit to the Uratta-Eziukwu Police Division headquarters behind new Timber and Allied Material Market in Aba recently, said anyone caught in the unholy act would face dire consequences.
Johnson who was pleased with the enormous assistance to the Police by the Uratta-Eziukwu Division of the Police Community Relations Committee, also advocated symbiotic relations between the civil society and the Police for effective security to take root.
Addressing officers and men of the Division, Johnson said the day of reckoning was at hand and no Policeman caught in any form of corruption, including selling of arms and ammunition, hiring out of same, providing information to robbers as well as aiding and abetting crime in any form and extortion, would be spared.
He urged Policemen to be contented with their salaries, rather than indulging in unwholesome practices as a means of making ends meet.
He warned against extortion of money from the public in any guise, saying that the public would ordinarily show appreciation for an excellent service by the Police.
The Commissioner equally called on the society not to be hostile to the Police, if they want the best of services. “When the civil society do not help he Police, they suffer transferred aggression from Police personnel,” Johnson remarked and urged the Police to reciprocate every good gesture they received from the society and adding they (Policemen) would retire from service one day and return to the society.
Earlier, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Uratta-Eziukwu Division, Suleiman Abdullahi, had conveyed the gratitude of his officers and men to the Commissioner of Police for donating a brand, new Ford Ranger Patrol jeep, and the first ever, to the division since its creation in 1996.
Abdullahi said the jeep has eased the division’s patrol problems hitherto done on foot across the 9 autonomous communities in its jurisdiction.
He enumerated other constraints of the Division to include lack of communication equipment, residential accommodation for the work force, among others.
The DPO reported that crime wave in the division has reduced drastically following new crime prevention strategies he evolved on assumption of office on April 17, last year and appealed to the CP to boost the division’s manpower as well as provide it with sophisticated equipment and more patrol vans.