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Anambra CP visits NUJ Council



Seeks partnership

ANAMBRA State Commissioner of Police, John Bassey Abang has assured members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Anambra State Council of a good working relationship as both organisations complement the other.

Commissioner Abang disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Nigeria Union of Journalist, at the Godwin Ezeemo International Press Centre, Awka. According to him, “I’m here to work and provide security to enable ndi Anambra carry out their legitimate duties, and this is my constitutional responsibility”. He went on to say that it is for this reason that he seeks to collaborate with the NUJ. He went further to say that though the NUJ has been supportive of the Police command in the state, he would want to up the ante.

“You have cooperated with my predecessors and I would want us to improve more on that.”

He added that Anambra State has one of the highest populations in the Diaspora as such, it reflects on the state’s foreign-direct investment and it is of important to protect this aspect of the state’s economy. He noted also that after resuming duties in the state on July 3, he visited several black spots and flash points, including Upper Iweka and Owerri Road, all in Onitsha, where suspects were arrested with various arms.

“After the fourth day of carrying out theses raids, several suspects were paraded with arms and this shows that we are working.”

He concluded by assuring that he will carry out his duties within the ambit of the law, with an appeal to be called to order should go err in the course of carrying out his duties.

On his part, Chairman of the state council of the NUJ, Emma Ifesinachi, commended the Commissioner of Police, while stating that he is the first to have visited the NUJ secretariat. He went on to say that the NUJ has been monitoring activities of the police commissioner since his deployment to the state, adding that he has been doing well.

“On behalf of the union, I assure you we’ll have a robust relationship. We will use our skills to provide information that will help you do your job well.”

He used the opportunity to also commend the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, saying he is more of a journalist and provides information to members of the union when called upon.

Highlight of the visit were presentation of a souvenir by the police commissioner to the NUJ chairman and group photograph.

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