The Edo Commissioner of
Police (CP), Mr Chris Ezike, said that hunters and vigilante groups were instrumental to the great successes recorded by the command in crime reduction in 2015.
Ezike, who made the remark in an interview with newsmen in Benin, described them as “critical stakeholders in community policing.’’
The CP said that upon his assumption of office, he quickly identified the need to adopt a strategy that would assist the command in fighting crime in the state.
“Our acts, which shifted from arms and ammunition to community-based policing, assisted a lot to bring a reduction in criminal activities since my assumption of office.
“My interaction with community leaders in the 18 Local Government Areas of the state brought a synergy between the command and the communities, where everybody now see themselves as stakeholders in the act of policing.
“Ours was to make the environment better, provide the needed fire power and provide the support to encourage the people to provide the vital information that led to the activation of our strategy and success was the result.
“We identified the hunters and the vigilance groups and encouraged the Enogies to help us reach out to the people in the areas for information.
“We also identified the problem of pressure points and then deployed specifically to get specific results. We identified the bye-pass to have acquired a notorious status and we deployed 13 strategic intervention vehicles that it became difficult for the hoodlums to operate with impunity.
“Our success at Igarra was the icing on the cake with a quantum of arms that came off the hoodlums and the non-explosive devices that came out of the arsenal of the hoodlums accounted for the calm witnessed during the yuletide in Edo North,’’ he said.
According to him, “the statistics will come out later. But I want to say that the success was robust and all thanks to the overwhelming and robust media and public support.’’
“There is an ongoing five-day training for vigilance groups, to help them develop the mechanism of safety and security and respect for human rights in their quest to assist the police to fight crime,’’ he said.
On the alleged involvement of police officers in cultism, the CP disclosed that several police officers were under investigation over their alleged involvement in cult-related activities in the state.
He said: “a lot of officers are under investigation based on suspicion. But you know that suspicion, no matter the quantum, cannot be used against anybody, except we are able to establish a case against them.
“But I can tell you that since these people now know that they are being watched, there is a renewed effort among officers and men of the command towards duty, knowing that they can be moved or sanctioned when found guilty.
“Previously, there was this lackadaisical attitude that tended to give some of the officers out as sympathizers of cult groups.
“But as I speak, everybody is on his or her toes, knowing that what applies to the cultist will apply to any one caught,’’ he added.
Shun Cultism, Naval College Urges Graduating Students
The Commandant of the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Akpabuyo, Cross River State, Commander Felicity Uchime, has charged graduating students of the school to shun cultism, examination malpractice and other vices.
Uchime, who gave the charge last Saturday during the graduation ceremony of 195 students of the 2021/2022 set, urged the students to see their graduation from the school as a ladder to climb to higher grounds.
She said the graduation signified the hard work, determination and resilience of the students.
“As you graduate today, I want to advise you all to stay away from cultism, examination malpractice and vices.
“The Nigerian Navy School has imbibed sound character and discipline in all of you, hence we expect you to be worthy ambassadors of this great school, “ she said.
She said the school was poised for academic excellence and quality education, adding that the school has imbibed sound character and discipline in the students.
“Your parents have dedicated financial resources to see you through school; you must not disappoint their trust in you,” she said.
I want to wish all of you the best in your future endeavours,” she said.
Speaking, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Adm. Ibrahim Dewu, congratulated the students for the successful completion of their secondary school education.
Dewu, who was represented by Capt. Dauda Isa, said that their graduation reflected the training and quality of education the students had received in the last six years.
“With the quality of teaching we have in this school, I have no doubt that you all have the requisite credentials to excel in your future endeavours.
“We are going to do our best to upgrade the facilities in this school with a view to meeting the expectations ofstudents and parents,” he said.
The Tide’s source reports that Master Divine Akpan was awarded the best performing student of the school in the just released released by the West African Examinations Council.
The school also presented other certificates and awards to deserving graduating students.
First Female Immigration Boss In A’Ibom Assumes Duty
Mrs Francisca Dakat has assumed duty as the 21st Comptroller, Immigration Service (CIS) and the first female Comptroller in Akwa Ibom Command.
Dakat, whose last posting was Rivers Marine Command, is taking over from Comptroller George Didel, who has been redeployed to Migration Directorate, Service Headquarters, Abuja.
Speaking with The Tide’s source during the exchange of baton in Uyo last Friday, Dakat said she would build on the achievements of her predecessor.
“The outgoing Comptroller has done so well and I intend to consolidate on those achievements, and if God helps us, we will do more.
“We always want to be better than our teachers. So, whatever we can do to make the command better, we will do it,” Dakat said.
Dakat, who was appointed into the Service in 1990, charged personnel of the Command to remain committed to duty and be disciplined, to move the service forward.
In his farewell message, the outgoing CIS, Didel, urged the personnel to remain loyal and committed to the service.
“I want to tell my staff that they must continue to be loyal to the country. They must be hard working and must be disciplined, especially in the performance of their duties.
“As public servants, we must continue to serve the public. So, I will leave them with that message, to be patriotic and be committed to their duties,” Didel said.
IPMAN Threatens Depot Shutdown Over Police Harassment
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), South East Zone, has threatened to shut down depots in Calabar, Port Harcourt and Enugu over incessant police harassment of its leaders.
Cross River State Chairman, IPMAN, Mr Robert Obi, made the threat last Friday in Calabar while speaking with newsmen.
Obi said the association decided to close all the depots and stations after a series of meetings with some stakeholders over police harassment of its leaders.
He alleged that there were moves by the Police Legal Unit at the Force Headquarters in Abuja to arrest its executives across the zone and possibly install a factional leadership.
He said that any arrest of its leaders in the zone would create more crisis in the association in spite of various court pronouncements laying the matter to rest.
Obi said the Attorney-General of the Federation, in a letter which was copied to Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo and his faction, who lost out at the Supreme Court, had acknowledged Alhaji Sanusi Fari as the authentic National President of IPMAN.
Obi frowned at the alleged moves by the police authorities and some, he described as “disgruntled elements”, to either misinterpret the Supreme Court ruling or subvert the will of the people.
He said their aim was to impose their cronies on the association even when the facts of the matter were very clear.
“Despite the legal advice, the police are putting all arsenals to arrest the current executives of IPMAN in Nigeria, particularly in Calabar NNPC depot and hand the leadership of the association to the people of their choice.
“IPMAN warns that further step shouldn’t be taken by the police to interfere with the current leadership of the association. We will shut down the distribution channels of petroleum and allied products in Nigeria pending when the police do the right thing.
“IPMAN leadership has resolved to continue with their rights in the constitution and abide by the extant laws and subsisting judgments of the courts in its favour,” he said.
The Tide learnt that the zone has been embroiled in leadership crisis which led to various court cases.
The South East Zone of IPMAN, comprises Enugu, Aba, Rivers, Cross River and Benue State with more than 40 depots and 1,000 petrol stations with about 2,000 members.
The zone has been having a running battle with officers of the Nigeria Police over alleged attempt by the police to force a factional leadership on the association.
Meanwhile, Force Headquarters spokesman, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said he was not aware of the matter.
Earlier, the Cross River State Command of the Nigeria Police had said it was not in position to react to the allegation.
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