The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Francis Mobolaji Odesanya, has said that the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike did not oppose his posting to the state as Commissioner of Police as being insinuated in recent times.
The Commissioner made this clarification while answering questions from journalists on Monday, when he led the police management team to pay a courtesy visit to the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Port Harcourt.
The CP said the explanation became important following the public interest the story has generated in the state, adding that he will be apolitical and professional in the discharge of his duties in the state.
“I know very well that the state governor did not mention my name. I will give all political parties equal opportunity in the discharge of my duties”, he stated.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Francis Mobolaji Odesanya has unveiled a 6-point strategic mission plan to fight crime and other criminalities in the state.
The state police helmsman unveiled this plan during his inaugural press briefing held at the Police Officers’ Mess in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Odesanya disclosed that his administration would ensure that crime and criminality were brought to the barest minimum, adding that he will encourage and promote intelligence-led policing and community partnership.
He also disclosed that the police under his watch will embark on visibility of policing, adding that the presence of the police would be felt across the state.
He said his adminis-tration will put in place some proactive measures aimed at preventing crime through stationing patrol vehicles at every strategic place in the state, adding that the presence of police scares criminals away.
“On a serious note, it has come to my notice that illegal arms are in circulation in the state. To this end, I will put necessary machinery in place to mop up illegal arms ammunitions in the state. I shall key in and support the state government’s efforts in re-integrating the repentant cultists and kidnappers who voluntarily embrace peace and surrender their arms and ammunition.
“I shall try as much as possible to insulate myself from politics, because to me, politics is a distraction to policing. I promise to be professional, focused and non-partisan in the discharge of my duties”, he stated.
He traced the crisis rocking the state to politics and crime, adding that the police will remain responsible in handling the crisis.
“But I shall put in place decent stop and search mechanism which shall aid us in tracking kidnappers and armed robbers with the sole aim of recovering stolen properties. Clearly, violent crimes, such as armed robbery, kidnapping, murder are all being energized by cultism.
“To this end, therefore, the command under my watch, shall fight these heinous crimes to their logical conclusion. The tactical units shall also be repositioned for better productivity”, he added.
The CP while appreciating the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris for the confidence reposed on him, assured of his determination and commitment to provide security to all law abiding citizens in the state even as he said he was very open to constructive criticisms, and solicited for public cooperation especially in the area intelligence gathering and dissemination.