Edo, Rivers CPs resume duties, adopt new strategies



•Wike decries frequent redeployment of security chiefs 

THE new Commissioners of Police for Edo and Rivers states, Chris Ezike and Hyelasinda Musa Kimo have formally resumed duties in Benin City and Port Harcourt respectively.

Ezike, at the command headquarters in Benin, promised to enhance the security situation in the state. While taking over from his predecessor, Samuel Adegbuyi yesterday as part of efforts to re-engineer the country, he assured to work with the people to achieve the mission.

I want to appreciate God and appreciate CP Samuel Adegbuyi for this smooth handing over this morning. Sam is my brother, he is indeed my course mate so I am not surprised that he has laid the foundation with which to take off. I want to thank your friendship. I want to thank you for your service to Edo State.

Our job is nomadic, you move from place to place. So, what has just happened today is part of a process of knowing Nigeria and re-engineering Nigeria.

I have just come, and I don’t have any doubt that you have bequeathed a comprehensive hand over note. We shall go through it, we shall study, we shal re-discover Edo State, interact with our officers, all non-state actors, the people of Edo, small, big, male, female and then move Edo State forward.

The whole essence is to have a more secure, a more peaceful Edo State for better prosperity,” Ezike stated. On his part, Kimo told his officers and men in Port Harcourt that the command had adopted six strategies to combat crime and criminality in the state.

According to him, the measures include war against cultism and violent crimes; community policing; visibility policing; intelligence-led policing and massive deployment.

The new CP, who spoke yesterday during his maiden press briefing at the Police Officers Mess, Forces Avenue in the Garden City, said the command, under his leadership, would build on the gains made by his predecessor. “My mission in this state is to ensure that the ultimate vision of the Nigerian Police Force is upheld and implemented.

The Nigerian Police Force’s vision is to make Nigeria a safer and more secure environment for. “To achieve this, we shall adopt pungent measures to confront the nauseating monster – crime and criminality.

Having observed that unscrupulous criminal elements known as cultists, kidnappers and armed robbers are constantly on the prowl in this milieu, we shall draw centrifugal forces and rout them. In fact, it is our resolve to declare such criminal elements as personae non grata,” Kimo assured.

He pledged to be nonpartisan and professional in the discharge of his duties in view of the political conflagration in the state. Meanwhile, Governor Nyeson Wike of Rivers State has deplored the frequent transfer of police commissioners and other heads of security agencies in the state, saying it slows down crime-fighting.

He stressed that the move was scuttling initial planning and strategies. Wike bemoaned a scenario where the heads of security agencies were being redeployed in less than two months in offices after strategies on crime-combating may have been struck with the executive arm of government, thus truncating the entire process.

The governor, who spoke yesterday with journalists during inspection of road projects to mark his 100 days in office in Port Harcourt, stated categorically that the swift deployment of police commissioners retards the fight against criminality.

We have given logistics support to the police to help fight crime, we cannot say we have totally eradicated crime but we are in progress. “But it is bad that we are still playing politics that does not help in terms of redeployment of police commissioners and other heads of security agencies.

Constant changing of commissioners does not help matters because these are people you sat down with to plan and strategise on how to work and tackle crime and they are willing to work and suddenly, they are transferred. “So, to start putting up a fresh plan and strategies with the newly posted commissioners will set us back in crime fight,” Wike decried.

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