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Wike charges new CP to be professional, avoid politics

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By Amaechi Okonkwo, Port Harcourt

Ricers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has charged the new police commissioner (CP) in his state to avoid politics and stay within his professional mandate to fight crime without fear or favour.

The governor gave the charge when the new commissioner of police, Mr Friday Eboka paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt over the weekend.

Citing the abduction of over 300 school girls in Zamfara state on Friday, the governor said there was so much criminality in the society and professional police officers should not abandon their duties of doing their best in protecting life and property for any other interest.

Wike said nobody should be above the law and that if any criminal was arrested, such person should be charged to court. “I will never come to you to say Mr. CP go and do what is illegal. I will never come to you to say so and so person is my friend, he was arrested for kidnapping, so release him. In fact, I’ll even say take him away.

“Because if I support the person who is kidnapping, it may be my turn tomorrow. I won’t always be governor. So, whatever you can do with your team, please I beg you, in the name of God, provide security. Don’t come here and play politics.”

The governor said he was not unmindful that some persons may have recommended him to be posted to Rivers state, but he admonished the CP to let his conscience guide him. He commended the CP for reorganising the C4I unit of the state police command and pledged to support the team succeed in their task to combat crime.

Wike observed that the level of kidnapping in the State had increased because the immediate past CP abandoned his duty and was hobnobbing with non-state recognised chiefs. “The level of kidnapping has gone high in the society. Your former colleague abandoned the job and was being deceived by some people who feign that they are traditional rulers. It’s most unfortunate that the former CP will be going to traditional rulers to be hosting him. It’s a shame. Now, Nigerians don’t have confidence anymore in security agents.

The governor disclosed to the CP how a man who is supposed to be a police officer, dressed in mufti and armed with AK 47 harassed his convoy while he was on inspection of the new Rivers State legislative residential quarters on Thursday. He noted that innocent citizens are killed needlessly by such police men and asked the new CP to rid the police of such bad elements and ensure sanity is restored.

In his speech, the new commissioner of police, Friday Eboka, said he had dissolved the E-Crack team of the state police command because of the reports against it. He said he had redeployed the officers to other units. He told the governor that he needed an effective synergy with all stakeholders, especially the Rivers state government to succeed on his mission of crime fighting.

“My duty, essentially, in this state is to fight crime and criminality. I know I cannot do that work alone without synergy with other stakeholders. I want to assure you (Governor) that any assistance given to us will be used to improve the security of this state. I’ve told my men, that there is no armchair policing in my administration. My officers have been warned to shun corruption, be civil with the public, and we will not tolerate accidental discharge.”

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