Worried by the lack of professionalism displayed by some Police Officers in the discharge of their duties, the new Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Chris O. Ezike, has warned Policemen in the state to justify their monthly pay by performing commensurate duties.
The Commissioner of Police also warned that idleness, Lazity and poor attitude to crime fighting as well as reckless use of firearms against the provision of the Force Order 237 would no longer be tolerated, even as he charged them to display professionalism, operate within the laws, rules and extant regulations.
The State Police boss gave the warning during his inaugural address and press briefing following a meeting with Senior Officers, Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and Heads of Departments (HODs) in the command yesterday at the Police Officers’ Mess, Port Harcourt.
The new Police boss said the essence of the meeting was to enable him interact and brainstorm with the Senior Officers to learn about the peculiar law enforcement challenges they faced in their departments, divisions, and formations to enable them develop fresh approaches and adopt measures that would complement existing strategies.
According to him, “the objective of this focus, is to combat cultism, kidnapping, armed robbery, homicide and other violent crimes that undermine the state’s peace, security and general well-being.
“The state occupies a vital economic position in the affairs of the country.
We cannot, therefore, close our eyes and pretend that all is well,” he said.
“Operationally, we shall adopt high visibility policing method. Policemen must not only be on patrol but must be seen to be on patrol. We shall also develop and implement a standard operation procedure that would enhance coordination to distress management, and consequently, reduce response time”, he added.
He posited that high visibility policing will give the citizenry psychological assurance, besides the physical certainty but requires enonomous manpower, adding that he was convinced that with personnel strength of 15,521, three Mobile Police Force Squadrons, excluding visiting units, the command has the manpower to ensure effective and efficient policing in the state.
Ezike said that within the same framework, any Police Officer that abuses the goodwill he enjoys or wastes same on the platform of ineptitude or corruption, would be fully sanctioned in accordance with the law.
The Commissioner of Police told the officers that the handover notes he received from his predecessor show that the trend and pattern of serious crimes in the state have become worrisome to the citizens, especially kidnapping and armed robbery, fueled by cultism, and promised the readiness of his administration to wipe the scourge of criminality in the state as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, in a determined effort to promote effective and efficient policing, the new Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr. Chris Okey Ezeike, has ordered the immediate withdrawal of all Police Mobile Force personnel attached to persons that are not entitled to have such persons without the approval of Inspector-general of police.
The Commissioner also directed all Area Commanders, Heads of Department and DPOs to act accordingly by enforcing the strict directive.
Ezeike gave the directive during a meeting yesterday at Police Officers’ mess in Port Harcourt, with Senior Police Officers within the Command as part of his maiden meeting with them on his assumption of office as the new Police helmsman in the state.
He disclosed that a monitoring task force would soon be constituted to ensure compliance with the order, adding that the action was part of his administration’s drive to promote efficient policing in the state.
He said that his administration will focus on providing qualitative service to the people, fight crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism with every strength the Police can muster.
According to him, the Police will partner with other security agencies and non-state actors in a professional and transparent manner as well as respect the rights of the citizens while abhorring corruption.
Ezeike used the opportunity to re-emphasise the cardinal policy of the Inspector-General of Police’s administration on robust fight against violent crimes, focus on intelligence-led policing, ban on road blocks and replacement with safer High-Way Patrols, restorative justice, amongst others.
He told the officers that he is in the state “with tremendous goodwill, open hands and mind, willingness to work, partner with all to ensure we make the state safer, secure, better and prosperous”.
On the use of tinted glasses without authorization, the Commissioner said the Command was worried about the increase despite several directives by his predecessors, noting that persons of questionable character and criminals have been observed to be in the habit of using tinted glass cars to commit all sorts of atrocities.
“To this effect” he said, ‘with effect from 10th July, 2015, therefore, all vehicles which flout this directive will be impounded and the owners arrested and prosecuted”.
He, however, said that the task ahead of the new Police leadership was daunting but not impossible, and solicited for the co-operation of other security agencies, the media, civil society, market organizations, tertiary institutions and the general public in the quest for a safer state.
Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, Sultan, Others Brainstorm On Insecurity
Rising insecurity and agitations for secession by different ethnic groups across Nigeria has attracted the attention of elder statesmen and other national leaders to a meeting in Abuja.
The meeting was organised by Interfaith Initiatives for Peace jointly led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and the National Peace Committee chaired by Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).
Reporters were barred from taking part in the closed-door meeting, expected to proffer solutions to the ongoing security challenges threatening the peace and unity of the country.
It was also an exploratory meeting on pressing issues of national unity, security, peace, integration, economic revitalisation and development, women and youth welfare and general progress.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd); Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Tor Tiv, Prof Ortese Iorzua James Ayatse, Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan; President General (Ohanaeze Ndigbo), Prof George Obiozor; and Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo; were all in attendance.
Others sighted at the meeting are President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba; CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola; JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede; Etsu Nupe, Yahya Abubakar; former Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, among several political and traditional rulers at the meeting.
Elder statesmen, Chief Edwin Clark, also attended the event at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, but could not participate in the meeting because he could not climb the staircase to the meeting room.
Fighting Corruption Difficult In Democratic Setting, Buhari Laments
President Muhammadu Buhari says fighting corruption in democratic setting is a difficult task to accomplish.
The president disclosed this during an interview with Arise Television which was televised, yesterday.
According to him, the war against corruption has not been easy for him since he became a democratically elected president six years ago.
He, however, stressed that his administration had succeeded in easing out corrupt public officials without making noise about it.
Buhari recalled that much was achieved in the fight against corruption when he was military Head of State in the early 80s “when a lot of people were sent to prisons before I was also booted out”.
The president frowned at the way and manner local government system was being managed, saying the local government administration was almost non-existent in the country.
He cited situation where state governors continued to starve the local governments of funds saying “in a situation where N300million is allocated to local government and they are given N100million is not fair”.
On activities of bandits and kidnappers particularly in the North-West and North-Central zones, Buhari said he had given the police and Armed Forces the instructions to be ruthless with bandits and vandals terrorising innocent citizens across the country.
He stated that he had told the security agencies to treat bandits and other criminals in the “the language they understand.
“Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages.
“Like I said, we are going to treat them in the language they understand.
“We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. You watch it in a few weeks’ time there will be difference.
”Because we told them if we keep people away from their farm, we are going to starve. And the government can’t control the public.
“If you allow hunger, the government is going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble.
“We are already in enough trouble. So, we warn them sooner than later you’ll see the difference,’’ he said.
On farmers/herders clashes, the president said the problem had persisted because old cattle routes and grazing areas had been violated by development, adding that those who had taken over such traditional arrangements would be dispossessed.
On the fight against insurgency, Buhari dismissed the assertion that majority of Boko Haram members were foreigners.
According to him, the majority of the Boko Haram members are Nigerians, saying this was further corroborated by Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.
The president stated that his administration had done a lot to fight the terrorists and insurgents but the problem in the “North-East is very difficult.”
Igboho Declares June 12 Day Of Protest, Warns Buhari
Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has declared June 12 as day of protest for Yoruba nation agitators.
The self-acclaimed Yoruba activist said the agitators will hold ‘peaceful rallies’ across the South-West region on Saturday, June 12.
Igboho, who spoke through his spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, in a live video programme aired, last Wednesday night, called on South-West governors to cooperate with the peaceful protesters during the exercise.
He warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to attack the agitators.
He said, “Let us warn the Federal Government that if there is bloodshed this weekend, the international community is watching, if the military kills any Nigerian this weekend, it is going to be very hot.
“The Yoruba nation rally will go ahead in every part of Yoruba land and the rest of the country where it will hold.
“Red alarm will begin on Friday. People should stock up food Items from Friday night.
“We are not backing down this weekend; we are ready to take back what belongs to us.”
He also enjoined agitators to ‘fast’ on Friday.
This is coming after NANS under the leadership of its National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon, had declared June 12 as National Day of peaceful protest to call on the government to act decisively towards addressing insecurity.
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