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CP commissions Police Division complex in O’sha

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CRIMINAL-MINDED elements operating in Anambra State have been warned to flee from the state henceforth or be prepared to face the dire consequences if caught in the act.

The state Commissioner of Police, John Bassey Abang, sounded this note of warning during his familiarisation visit to Fegge Police Division and Onitsha Bridge-head Police Division where he performed the official commissioning ceremony of a newly completed one storey office block built under six months, through the joint efforts of the officers and men of the Bridge-head Division, the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC )of the division and traders from the Bridge-head Market.

Abang, who stated that it is only a fool who does not value his or her own life that would still like to operate as a criminal in a state like Anambra, adjudged to be safest in the country  in terms of security of lives and properties, adding that under the current water-tight security in the state, no criminal would operate in any part of the state and escape without being arrested and prosecuted, adding that all hands must be on deck to retain the status of the state as the safest in the country.

On the other hand, Abang charged officers and men of both Fegge and Bridge-head Divisions to eschew human rights abuses, extortion, unlawful arrests and illegal duties as according to him, the police hierarchy would not tolerate any act capable of tarnishing the image of the police in this democratic dispensation.

He commended the Divisional Police Officer of Fegge Division, Rabiu Garba, a Chief Superintendent of Police, for his efforts in reducing crime in the area and his counterpart of the newly created Onitsha Bridge-head Division, Superintendent Edwin Okeke, a lawyer; the Divisional Crime Officer, Supol Sunday J.K. Agbom, other rank and file and members of the Police Community Relations Committee of the division for their joint efforts in constructing a befitting office block for the division at their own expense and urged them not to relent.

He pledged to assist the Bridge-head division with adequate manpower and logistics to enable them measure up with the standard best practices as according to him, the Bridge-head axis of Onitsha, as a crime-prone area, needed to be sanitised in such a way that law abiding citizens and traders would feel free to go about their lawful businesses without molestation by criminal elements.

Garba, the Fegge DPO, had in a remark, informed the CP that before now, kidnapping and armed robbery was the order of the day in Fegge, but since he assumed office, records show that both armed robbery and kidnapping issues have been become almost a forgotten occurrence within the jurisdiction.

Garba added that in line with the CP’s directives, the division had partnered with other sister agencies like DSS, FRSC, NSCDC and the Vigilante Group all geared towards achieving the goal of crime free society.

Earlier in an address, the DPO, Bridge-head Division, Okeke had expressed their loyalty to the CP and the entire police authorities and described his visit to the division as a great honour, adding that the division was one of those created newly by the police authorities to meet the security and traffic challenges confronting traders and motorists in the area.

He  prayed the CP to among others, look into their manpower shortage, lack of operational vehicles and other logistics , as well as intervene in the vexed issue of jurisdiction between the division and other sister divisions which he said remained a grave concern to both the personnel in the division and businessmen in the area.

In his own address, the Chairman of PCRC in the division, Dr. Frank Chika Udemadu, who described Abang as an accomplished disciplinarian, urged him to keep the rhythm of his steps steady and train his eyes so as to breast it with the same passion and level of energy with which he started so that when his story is written in its totality and an account of his stewardship rendered more comprehensively, the legacy he would have left behind and the pathway to the future would satisfy him and every objective assessor.

In his brief remarks, the President of Bridge-head Market Traders Association, Sunday Obinze, pledged a cordial relationship between the traders and the police authorities in the state and Bridge-head Division in particular, adding that the friendly relationship between the traders and the police would continue to blossom to a greater height.

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