By Chidex Onyemah
The new Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Command, CP Monday Bala Kuryasi has warned cultists, robbers, kidnappers, illegal revenue collectors and other criminal elements to have a rethink and purge themselves or relocate from the state.
The new CP assures that under his watch, he would employ several police security tactics with more bites to tackle these social vices across the state.
Kuryasi gave this advice at his maiden press conference, held at the State Headquarters, Awka, on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.
CP Kuryasi, who disclosed that he had been briefed on a few criminal and security challenges in the state, commended his predecessor, AIG John B. Abang for recording many successes in curbing the menace of armed robbery, cultism, communal crisis, and so on, while reassuring that the command would work assiduously to sustain the status of Anambra as the safest state in the country.
“The command, under my watch shall take drastic measures on crime. Therefore, all our efforts and energies shall be mobilized and deployed towards the prevention of crimes; the successful apprehension of criminals that would test our resolve… This is a clarion call to all officers and men of the command to brace up for the task ahead” he said.
The Police Commissioner also decried indiscipline among police officers, reiterating the command’s resort to sustain the existing inter-agency collaboration and improve respect for the rule of law, as well as fundamental human rights.
He said, “I am not unmindful of other challenges bordering professional misconduct on the part of our officers and men such as extortion, unlawful detention and incivility to members of the public among others. I urge all personnel of the command to eschew corrupt practices and indiscipline.”
He further promised continuous cooperation with the media, and urged journalists to shun the spread of fake news, which, according to him, had the capacity to cause widespread disaffection, chaos, violence or disruption of public peace.
Also speaking, the Chairman, (Nigeria Union of Journalists), Anambra state chapter, Sir Emmanuel Ifesinachi, welcomed the new police commissioner to the state, while harping on the need to improve security architecture in the state. He thanked the commissioner for recognising the importance of journalists at his early days in office.
“Journalists are members of the society; if there is security, we enjoy it but when there is insecurity, we feel it… there has been cooperation between the command and the media. This, should please continue”, he said
The event also featured a welcome parade for the CP and decoration of newly promoted officers by the Commissioner of Police.