KIDNAPPING: UDUAGHAN EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER RELEASE OF POLICE OFFICERS SUSPECTED TO BE AIDING, ABETTING KIDNAPPERS
Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has expressed concern over the release from custody of some police officers allegedly linked to the incidence of kidnapping in the State.
|FROM LEFT, GOVERNOR EMMANUEL UDUAGHAN, INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE, MD ABUBAKAR, DEPUTY GOVERNOR, PROF. AMOS UTUAMA AND COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR. IKECHUKWU ADUBA, DURING THE HANDED OVER OF 60 OPERATIONS VEHICLES AND SECURITY EQUIPMENT TO THE POLICE.
The Governor, who voiced his concern when the acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Abubakar paid a courtesy visit on him yesterday in Asaba, said his worry became necessary as it coincided with the resurgence of kidnapping in the State.
According to him, there was a drastic reduction in the incidence of kidnapping during the absence of the police officers when they were apprehended and taken to Abuja, but stressed that soon after their release the crime has peaked.
He said that Deltans have been agitated by the development and were requesting that the matter be re-visited and thoroughly investigated to ensure that justice was done.
“The people of Delta State want me to send a message to you on recent happening in the State and even the State House of Assembly deliberated on it. Few days ago some persons, your police officers, suspected to be involved in kidnapping who were earlier apprehended, were released,” he told the Inspector General of Police.
“What is bothering us is that their release coincided with the recent upsurge in kidnap cases in the State…So we want you to have a second look at that issue”, he added.
Governor Uduaghan, who commissioned 60 Patrol Vehicles and Communication Gadgets for the Delta State Police Command after the courtesy visit, commended the IGP for his foresight in removing road blocks from Nigerian roads.
He said though there were initial doubts when the road blocks were removed, the strategy adopted by the IGP in removing the road blocks helped to reduce corruption and bribery in the force and stopped the menace caused by police officers on the roads.
“When the IGP ordered the removal of road blocks from our roads, there were a lot of doubts. But the strategy he adopted has shown that we do not need them. Indeed, we have come to realize that the road blocks where a menace”, he said.
The governor clarified that the state government was not contemplating the use of local security as it believes the police can deal with criminality if properly motivated and funded.
While assuring that security agencies will continue to enjoy Logistic Support from the state government, Governor Uduaghan told his host that efforts were being geared towards intelligence gathering, adding that he had held meetings with traditional rulers and other stakeholders to sensitize them on the issue.
Earlier, the IGP, Mohammed Abubakar said the vision and mission of Police management under his leadership was “to build a people-friendly police force that will not harass Nigerians, a police force that will say bail is free and is free.”
Even as he said efficiency was the keyword for the police in discharging its constitutional responsibility, Abubakar hinted that corruption has been reduced by 80% in the police since the removal of road blocks.
He assured Nigerians of their safety in the wake of daunting security challenges, pointing out that in keeping with his vision of transforming the image of the police, hoodlums engaged in criminality, including attacks on police stations and bankers, were being arrested nationwide.
Speaking after presenting the vehicles purchased by the State Government, to the IGP, Governor Uduaghan said the vehicles would enhance the effective patrolling of the entire state.
He disclosed that the process of procuring some Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) for the police was on and admonished politicians not to politicize criminality and the battle against crime in the state.
Receiving the patrol vehicles the Inspector General of police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, thanked the Delta State Government for the gesture and called on other governors to emulate the Delta example.
The police Chief warned officers and men of the command to be mindful of the code of conduct of the police and the need to desist from harassing members of the public.
The IGP, was accompanied on the visit by Delta state-born, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo, the Commissioner of police, Delta state Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba and other senior police officers.
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