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Man Petitions CP Over Alleged Burglary

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A middle aged man and a resident of Rivers State known as Francis Gideon has petitioned the authorities of the Rivers State Police Command led by CP Effiong Okon over an alleged wanton destruction and burglary of his shop by a serving female Assistant Superintendent of Police with the state police command , ASP Juliet Obi serving at Mgbuosimiri Divisional Police headquarters .
In an interview with journalists in Port Harcourt on Monday, Mr Gideon said he rented the shop located at No 5 Odumini Street in Mgbuosimini community from his landlady and paid all the statutory payment for the operation of the shop before the keys were handed over to him legitimately .
“But I was shocked and surprised, I did not know if the shop was in any contention between my landlady and her step mother a serving superior police officer (Supol) , ASP Juliet Obi serving at Agip Police station at Mgbuoshimini “.
“So I was shocked on the 28th of October, 2022 in the morning, ASP Juliet Obi broke into my shop threw out my property, damaged my property and goods worth millions of Naira and told me to go to anywhere I like, and boasted that nothing will happen”.
“I called my landlady who happened to be ASP Juliet Obi’s step daughter and she came there and cried, shouting for help from the community, but nobody came to her rescue .
According to him he immediately lodged his complain at the Police station at Agip road, Mgbuoshimini and made entry on the same day being 28th October 2022, adding that he was given full assurance and hope that he would be invited but surprisingly ,till this moment , nobody has called him .
“Thereafter I wrote a petition to the Commissioner of Police on the same 28th October, since then nobody has called me. That means what the woman is saying is true that nothing will happen as she is a Police Officer.”
“That means a police officer can wake up in the morning and carry knife and kill somebody and nothing will happens.”
“I am demanding for Justice, I am demanding that the issue be looked into.
“A Police Officer cannot wake up and break into someone’s shop. The Commissioner of Police should take up this matter. I want to find out how someone will break into another person’s house and say nothing will happen. Since two weeks I have not heard anything from the Police. I am suffering; I want people to call the Commissioner of Police to look into this matter
Our correspondent also cited a letter written by a human rights group, Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign on behalf of Francis Gideon, addressed to the Commissioner of Police, dated 28th October,2022 and stamped by the Office of the Commissioner of Police on the same date as well as video showing the said female Police Officer bringing out property believed to belong to Mr Gideon.
However, ,the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Grace Irene Koko, is yet to respond to requests from newsmen concerning the matter.

By: Akujobi Amadi

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New Imo Police Boss Pledges To Sustain Fight Against Crime

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The new Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, Mohammed Ahmed Barde, has pledged to consolidate and improve on the achievement recorded by his predecessors in areas of combating crimes, criminality and sustaining stability in the state.
He stated this on his assumption of duty at the Command Headquarters in, Owerri, after being drafted to the state last week.
Spokesperson for the Command, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Michael Abattam, in a statement, quoted Barde as saying he would explore modern intelligence and tactical strategies that would guarantee adequate security in the state.
Abattam described the new Police boss as a seasoned, passionate, versatile and experienced police officer, who has earned accolades for his meritorious services and professionalism in the force.
He disclosed that the Imo CP, who hails from Niger State, joined the Force in March 1990, as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc) in Political Science from Usman Danfodio University and a Masters Degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution.
He said: “CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde was the Commissioner of Police, Force Criminal Intelligence Investigation Department (FCIID) Annex, Enugu, and until his recent posting to Imo State Police Command, he was the Commissioner of Police, Adamawa State Command. His dint of hard work and professionalism in the job has earned him many accolades.”
Barde took over from CP Rabiu Hussaini, who recently retired from active service after attaining the retirement age of 60.

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Rumuji DPO Bags Outstanding Security Award

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Sequel to his doggedness in crime fighting and management, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Rumuji Police Station, CSP Nnaemeka Didigwu has been bestowed with the Outstanding Crime Fighter/Security Management Police Officer of the Year Award by the leadership of the Coalition of Niger Delta Journalists.
The award was handed over to Didigwu by the Chairman of the Union Mr. Wariso Wariso who led a delegation of the group to Rumuji Police Station in Emohua Local Government Area over the week.
Wariso who recalled how terrible the area was before the arrival of the officer and his team said that they have brought down crime rate in that axis of the state.
He hinted that many who left the area as a result of insecurity had since returned for their lawful business operations.
The leader of the team, said Police officers of such rating ought to receive support from all and sundry in a bid to spur them to action.
According to him, criminals operating in that axis of the state have since chosen relocation as an option due to the continuous bombing of the brushes and forests by the officer and his team in search of the miscreants.
“It is based on this fact findings that we as professional Media group, resolved to bestow an award of honour to this hard working and experienced gallant officer”, he said.
Didigwu, who codedly hinted on part of his activities in the area under his watch, said most of the notorious criminals in the area have repented.
He pointed out that crime fighting should be business of all and not to be left in the hands of a selected few.
The officer also warned against rising of false alarm by the people as such could jeopardise security.
Meanwhile, he has assured the group and the general public of his determination to do more and thanked the group for indentifying with him and the entire Police Force.
The Tide learnt that the East-West Road and the Emohua-Kalabari Road now enjoy peace due to the effort of the officer and his team.

By: King Onunwor

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CP Seeks Strong Collaboration With Judiciary, Others

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The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Okon O. Effong has called for strong synergy between the judiciary and other sister security agencies in the State.
Effong made this appeal when he led other management team of the command on a courtesy call on the State Chief Judge , Justice Simeon Chibuzor Amadi and other Judges.
According to a statement signed by the spokesperson of the command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, the visit centred on the need for synergy and collaboration for effective service delivery with the judicial arm.
The statement quoted the Commissioner of Police as saying that the judiciary is very vital in the dispensation of justice and equity among the citizens just as the police was saddled with the responsibility of maintaining law and order in the state and the nation as a whole.
The statement futher said the Commissioner of Police also visited the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army where he met with Maj. Gen O.O. Oloyede and reiterated the need for collaboration to enhance the security architecture of the State.
“In the same vein, he visited the Nigerian Immigration Service State headquarters and was received by CIS A.J. Kwasua. “
“The CP also visited the State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps; (NSCDC), Commandant Michael Ogar at the NSCDC State Command in Port Harcourt where he lectured the officers and men of the corps including the three Area Commanders and 23 Divisional Officers on the need to see the officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force as a senior brother from the same parent;
“CP Okon further maintained that all security apparatus in the State must see each other as one and not as rivals or competitors because a house divided against itself cannot stand”.

By: Amadi Akujobi

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