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New Rivers CP declares war on cultists, criminals

By Ann Godwin   |   24 June 2016   |   1:52 am

Foluso Adebanjo

Foluso Adebanjo

The new Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo, has vowed to ensure that violent crimes, especially cult killings and armed robbery were brought to an end in the state. He warned those involved in the nefarious activities to steer clear o§f the state or face the wrath.

Adebanjo stated this yesterday during his maiden press briefing and meeting with officers and men of the Rivers State Police Command. He noted that Rivers and Edo States (where he last served before his posting), had similar security challenges, adding that they were not insurmountable.

He said cultists are evil people, who “have gone mad and must be wiped out”, warning police personnel not to dine with them.The new Police Commissioner stated that there were to many guns in the state, and charged the officers to ensure that arms and ammunition must be mopped out.

Adebanjo also warned hoodlums in the state to repent or leave the state in their own interest, stressing that the environment would be made unfavourable for them to operate again.

According to him, “There is no doubt that there is daunting security challenges in the country, particularly in Rivers State. But it is not insurmountable. Rivers State is great; therefore, it must be peaceful. We must fortify the state, especially Port Harcourt”.

The state police boss, however, charged the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) present at the meeting to be proactive, and warned that he would not tolerate reactionary behaviours from any officer.

He said, “DPOs must secure their areas. I don’t want to hear stories; you must work for 24 hours. You must arrest people; you must hold your area. Cultists in Rivers State have gone mad. We are declaring war on them.

“You must sit up because we cannot allow criminals to run down the state. I believe in intelligence-led policing. These evil people are not people you play with. That is what I was directed to do by the Inspector-General of Police”.

Adebanjo solicited for the cooperation of members of the public and synergy between the force and other security agencies for effective crime fighting.




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