Rivers CP vows to curb kidnapping, armed robbery

Rivers State CPThe new Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, has tasked senior officers and sectional commanders to develop fresh strategies to curb the menace of kidnapping and armed robbery fueled and energized by cultism in the State.

And though the 2015 elections have come and gone, he however is of the view that the “aftershocks” still remain in Rivers State and that the police under his watch must remain neutral, professional, fair but very firm.

Ezike during his inaugural meeting with senior officers, area commander, DPOs and other relevant sectional commanders in Port Harcourt yesterday said the essence of the meeting was to learn about the peculiar law enforcement challenges they face in their respective departments, divisions and formations and for the command to design new strategies, develop fresh approaches and adopt measures that would complement existing strategies.

“The objective of this focus is to combat cultism, kidnapping, armed robbery, homicide and other violent crimes that undermine the State’s peace, security and general well-being of Rivers State. The State occupies a vital economic position in the affairs of the Country, we cannot therefore, close our eyes and pretend that all is well” he said

He explained that after reading the handover note presented to him by his predecessor, CP Dan Bature, it was discovered that kidnapping, armed robbery and other heinous crimes have reached a worrisome level in the state, such that operationally, the command would henceforth adopt high visibility policing method.

The police boss said the Command is worried about the use of tinted or screened glasses without permit or authorization as applicable despite several directives by his predecessors.
He observed that criminals and persons of questionable disposition have been discovered to indulge in this unwholesome practice to commit all manner of atrocities. Hence, with effect from 10thJuly, 2015, all vehicles, which flout this directive, will be impounded and the owners arrested and prosecuted.

Ezike has meanwhile ordered the immediate withdrawal of policemen attached to politicians and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, did not authorize other individuals, whose deployment.

According to him, the command would immediately effect review of her personnel deployment profile and recover wastages and unauthorized deployments.

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