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We’re for community policing, human rights – Zone 13 AIG

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… Seeks citizens’ support as new zone begins operation in S’East

THE Assistant Inspector General of Police (AlG) in charge of newly created Zone 13 in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State,  Danmallam Mohammed has assured adequate protection of lives and property of all Nigerian citizens living in his territory.

  Mohammed gave the assurance yesterday, during a press briefing he held as part of activities to kick-start operations of the new zone.

  According to him, provision of visible policing in line with the concept of community policing to citizens will form bedrock of the zonal command.

  “We cannot be left behind in the paradigm of community policing as joint effort at collaboration and partnership by the force and the communities for water-tight security, beginning from neighbourhoods to bring up sustaining security of lives and properties everywhere. We’ll encourage people to come up with their contributions to crime prevention and crime fighting,” Mohammed said.

  The AIG had earlier held a meeting with the Commissioners of Police of the three states under Zone 13.

  They include CP John Abang of Anambra Command, CP Ahmad Abdulrahman of Enugu and CP Philip Maku of Ebonyi State.

  Speaking while addressing newsmen, Mohammed stated that the zone, under his watch, will have zero tolerance for illegal arrests and detention, torture, extrajudicial killings and extortion.

  “We believe in constitutionalism, we believe in law and order and we believe in due process. The zone under my leadership will do its best within the ambits of the law to protect the rights of citizens in keeping with the stipulations on the fundamental human rights of the people. Zone 13 under my watch, is saying no to torture, illegal arrest and detention, criminal extortion of money from citizens and extrajudicial killings,” he promised.

  On the issues of farmers-herders clashes, robbery and kidnapping, the Zone 13 Police Boss promised that he has evolved a strategy to address the challenges.

  According to him, all that is required is the support and cooperation of the citizens in volunteering valuable information that will assist the Police to be on top of their game.

  This he noted, is key to ensuring that the concept of community policing as envisioned by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu is actualised in the zone.

  “We will make sure that this zone is adequately covered through the cooperation of sister security agencies and the general public as anchored under the concept of community policing.

We need valuable information to work and we are assuring the people that any information volunteered will be duly used and we will always protect their identity,” he concluded.

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