From JOE EFFIONG, UYO
Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Police, Mr Umar Gwadebe has said that the state ranks highest in the country’s list of murder cases. Mr Gwadabe, who disclosed this when the Assistant Inspector General of police, (AIG) Zone Six, Mr Ibrahim Muktari, paid a working visit to the state police command on Monday, also said the state police command lacked adequate personnel to tackle this challenge.
While asking the AIG to use his position to assist the Akwa Ibom State Command in acquiring the latest forensic vehicles required to professionally and discreetly handle cases of murder and rape prevalent in the state, stressed: “It is pertinent to note that a great number of police officers are retiring while even the officers and men needed to adequately position the quick response squads and other patrol units are inadequate.”
Gwadabe also informed the visiting AIG of the poor level of infrastructure and the increase in structural lapses such as bad fences which had enhanced criminal activities and serious trespass on police land by members of the public.
The police boss attributed the security challenges facing his command to the economic makeup of the oil rich state with an estimated population of five million people, influx of financial, oil and academic investors. He asked the AIG to make available more arms and ammunition to ensure proper and adequate security.
He, however, enthused that the command had maintained an unflagging and aggressive campaign against crime and criminality which had resulted in the smashing of many criminal gangs, rescue of kidnap victims, arrest and prosecution of kidnap/armed robbery suspects and recovery of various caliber of arms and ammunition. “We have also been able to restore public confidence through our vibrant visible policing and effective response to distress calls.
Our men, in line with IGP’s vision of a competent policing are undergoing constant training and retraining in order to keep them abreast with the challenges of modern policing.” However, the AIG declined to respond publicly to any of the issues raised by the commissioner and also declined to speak with the press either on the issues raised or on any other matter concerning the Akwa Ibom State police command.