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NGO Blames Poverty, Unemployment For Rising Crime Rate In Enugu

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Country Director/ Executive Director, Global Society for Anti Corruption (GSAC), Mrs Amaka Nweke, has said that poverty and unemployment are responsible for the current rising crime rate by youths in Enugu State.
She said this on Saturday while speaking with journalists in Enugu on the backdrop of upsurge in criminal activities by youths in the State, especially in Enugu, the state capital.
Nweke said that the state government needs to do more in the area of empowerment and provision of meaningful and permanent employment for the youths.
“I can say that the current rise in criminal activities, being perpetrated mostly by youths, is a result of increasing poverty and high rate of youth unemployment in the state.
“Today, in Enugu State, our youths engage in different crimes including cyber crime, phone snatching, and armed robbery among other criminal activities.
“This was not the case in Enugu before now, “ she said.
The anti-corruption crusader said though, her organization does not encourage criminals, it wants governments at all levels to do more on youth employment.
She also said that many youths who engage in cyber crimes can be rehabilitated and made to be more useful to themselves and the state.
“Some of these youths can be rehabilitated while facing prosecution and made to be better citizens because some of them are brilliant youths, who, for one reason or the other, went into crime.
“So, they can be reformed for the good of the society,” she said.
According to her, there is the need for security agents in the state to live up their responsibilities in the area of crime prevention by being proactive instead of being reactive.
“People are taking laws into their hands because in most cases the security agencies are not on hand to react.
“Sometimes, even when you report these cases, not before long you will see the same criminal on the streets again,” she said.
The GSAC director also condemned the recent incident where some Youths in Mmaku Community in Awgu Local Government Area of the state, stripped a widow naked in public for allegedly violating their culture.
“GSAC condemns in totality the action of the youths; it is not only barbaric but shameful and unacceptable in this modern society.
“We will continue to monitor their prosecution until we see that justice is done,” she said.

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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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