Acting Inspector-General of Police (AIGP), Mohammed Abubakar says the removal of police road blocks across the Nation’s roads was for the good of all Nigerians.
The acting Inspector-General of Police, who stated this during his one-day official/familiarisation visit to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, last Friday averred that the road blocks mounted in the past did more harm to the force and the nation at large than the desired good it was meant for.
According to him, such act led to the battered image of the force by members of the public who accused the force of being corrupt, adding that since the removal of the road blocks, the image of the force has improved steadily.
“The road blocks have done much harm than good. Armed robbers will stop at the check points mounted by policemen and bribe them, have their way without arrest. But today, such has become history as road blocks have gone for ever,” he added.
He disclosed that Nigerians have benefited immensely since the removal of the road blocks across the roads, adding that such measures were aimed at improving the perception of the force by members of the public.
He further disclosed that his administration will accord training and retraining of staff high premium, adding that a trained police force will perform its duties effectively to make the society better.
The police boss noted that it was in recognition of the importance of training that he declared a state of emergency on all the training institutions of the force on assumption of duty, adding that over 45,000 policemen are currently under going various training programmes within and outside the country.
He disclosed that the security challenges witnessed across the country would soon be a thing of the past, noting that there is no country in the world that is without a story of crime challenges.
The acting Inspector-General of Police identified lack of motivation, incentives and enhanced salary package as some of the impendiments affecting the performance of the force, and urged all levels of government to assist the force to function effectively.
He stated that the reason for visiting the state was to meet with various stakeholders, apart from men and officisls of the command so as to interact with them on how best the force can move forward, as well as make people accept the force in the society.
The AIP, while commending traditional rulers for their support to the force in fighting crime in the society, called on all to join hands with the police in other to enthrone a peaceful society for all.
He called for attitudinal change of people, especially in the areas of security and crime prevention among the people, and advised that people should be interested in knowing even their neighbours.
The inspector-general of Police used the medium to call on the media to stop giving promienence and publicity to criminal activities, especially the Boko Haram, adding that the force was capable of clamping down of the menace.
He thanked the state government for its support to the security operatives, especially the Police force, and assured of the force’s determination to fight crime in the country.
Earlier, the State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Indabawa had commended the acting Inspector-general of Police for his visit, and assured him of the readiness of the command in fighting crime.
Appeal Court Resolves Buguma Chieftaincy Stool Crisis – Awards Cost Against Plaintiffs
A three-man panel of Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Thursday, affirmed the judgement of Degema High Court that declared Chief Igonikon George as the rightful person to ascend to the chieftaincy stool, Polodabo.
The court ruled that Alabo Hon Datonye Igbanibo Igonikon George, Idaere-fama, is the rightful occupant of the throne and head of the family, Buguma Town, in Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Chief Charlesye Charles had approached the Appeal Court to challenge the judgement of the Degema High Court division delivered by Justice S.O.Benson and appealed against the verdict on behalf of himself and other plaintiff in the matter, asking the court to upturn the judgement.
But in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Paul O Elechi on behalf of the three-man Appeal Court panel in Port Harcourt, affirmed the judgement of the Degema High Court, saying that the court was right in their decision and awarded the sum of two hundred thousand naira in favour of the defendant.
A member of Chief Igonikon George, Chief, D A George, who spoke to newsmen outside the courtroom, said the judgement had proven the judiciary as the hope of the common man.
He thanked the judges for doing justice on the matter, adding that the judgement would put to an end the long years of legal tussle by the George family.
Okrika Stakeholders Chart Way Forward On Security
As part of measures to strengthen security architecture, stakeholders, security experts have ended a one-day security summit in Okrika Local Government Area, Rivers State
The one-day security summit/sensitisation held recently at the council headquarters, was organised by the council authorities in conjunction with the Okrika Divisional Police, Central Community Development Committees.
Delivering his inaugural speech, Okrika Divisional Police Officer (DPO),CSP Okoro Ikechukwu, said the sensitisation on peace building was apt considering security challenges facing the country.
CSP Okoro said the aim of the sensitisation was geared towards orientating the teeming youths on how to engage themselves and build a better society.
He explained that idleness among the youths had been a major contributing factor in crime and other social vices, hence the need to engage in meaningful skills.
“The essence of the sensitisation is to enlighten the youths to engage in skill acquisition or go to school as it will help build a better society.
“The police is doing it in partnership with the Council authorities, Community Development Committees (CDCs) and other critical stakeholders aimed at giving them necessary orientation capable of guiding them to be useful”, he said.
CSP Okoro said idleness had led some into cultism, criminality and other vices inimical to the development of any society which according to him, the orientation is seeking to address.
CSP Okoro said further to achieving this important objective, the Division shall be visiting all communities in Okrika to enable the message go down.
He said no engagement in education or skill is a waste which will help build more prosperous society.
Earlier, Okrika Central Community Development Committee Chairman, Hon SekiboTamuso commended the effort of the DPO to let the youths know the danger of idleness.
Hon. Sekibo said, building the way forward for the sustenance of existing peace was crucial.
He said to achiev this feat, all hands must be on desk.
Describing Okrika as one of the adjudged peaceful local government areas in Rivers State, he advised youths to do away with cultism.
NIN Registration: LG Boss Moves Personnel To Bakana
In a bid to encourage rural dwellers to participate in the enrollment of the ongoing National Identity Number (NIN), handled by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the Executive Chairman of Degema Local Government Area, Hon. Michael John Williams, has facilitated the movement of personnel of the commission to Bakana Community.
The LGA NIN Centre, which was initially only situated at the Council headquarters in Degema, is expected to capture residents of Bakana and its neighbouring Oguruama communities.
The chairman, who spoke through his Chief of Staff, Ipalibo Yellowe in Bakana, enjoined residents of the area, who were yet to enrol in the scheme, to take advantage of the registration exercise and get captured.
Hon. Williams noted that the decentralization of the NIN registration to parts of the LGA, which had commenced in Bakana, would be extended to other Oceania communities soon.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government had recently approved the extension of the deadline for the enrollment of the National Identity Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to October 31, 2021.
The decision to extend the deadline was made following a request by stakeholders to accommodate registration in hard-to-reach remote areas, in order to address low enrollments, as evidenced by enrollment statistics.
As at today, there are over 5,500 enrollment systems within and outside the country with a total of 59.8 million NIN enrollments.
By: Wokoma Emmanuel
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