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AIG Zone 13 seeks community support to rebuild burnt police stations

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By Gabriel Chy Alonta

The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 13, Danmallam Mohammed, has appealed to residents of Nnewi in Anambra state to support the ongoing rebuilding of burnt police stations destroyed during the recent #EndSARS protests in the state.

The AIG, who made call Monday, when the zone visited the sites of police facilities vandalised by hoodlums in Nnewi, said such call became necessary so that policing could take its shape. He also urged the people to give the force intelligence on persons who might have carried out the mayhem for possible prosecution.

He promised tighter and more working relationship with the people of the area, as he enjoined the people to work with the police for the actualisation of perfect policing; noting that security was everyone’s business.

He assured the readiness of zone 13 to swiftly react to security concerns in the area, while pleading that the error of a single policeman should not be a yardstick to measure all other police officers.

In a press statement the Zonal Public Relations Officer, DSP Nkiruka Nwode, on behalf of the AIG, noted that the visitation was in line with the directive of the Inspector General Police, Mohammed Adamu, for full resumption of duties by men of the force after the recent riotous protests that rocked the country.

He promised them of tighter and more working relationship with the people of the area, as he beseeched the people to work with the police for the actualisation of perfect policing of the area, as security is everyone’s business.

Earlier, the AIG also the paid a courtesy call on the traditional ruler of Nnewi, HRM Igwe Kenneth Orizu in his palace.

Receiving the AIG, the traditional ruler berated the hoodlums, who, he said, were not indigenes of Nnewi, stressing that their people were known for business and have no time to engage in destructive ventures, as seen recently during the violent #EndSARS protest that took turns in destruction of police facilities and killing of officers in the area.

The traditional ruler noted: “As a place that has influx of foreigners, it is possible that such mayhem could come from strange characters”. 

He, therefore, extolled the AIG and his team for their prompt responses to security issues, warning that hoodlums should not again disturb the peaceful area widely known for business and manufacturing. In a remark, the president general of Nzukora Nnewi, Sir Ugochukwu Udemezue, thanked the AIG and his team for coming, and requested for a fresh understanding with members of the public and the police. He frowned at the level of damages that followed the #EndSARS protests, and blamed police higher authority for not addressing the issues resulting in civil unrest across the country. He also assured the AIG of full support by the town, as he sought a punishment of erring officers at the course of discharging their duties.

Mr. Patrick Mbajiaka, a former chairman of Nnewi North local government area, stated that the reconstruction of the Otolo Division, CPS Nnewi, was nearing completion as contractors were speeding works on the sites. He thanked God that no police life was lost in the insurrection in the council area, promising that such a destructive outing would not reoccur in the area.

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