The new commissioner of Police, Rivers State, Mr Usman Belel has been talking about his security plans for Rivers State, coming at a time that the state is preparing for a general election. Part of his mission will be the recovery of illegal arms.
Belel told journalists in Port Harcourt that he will not only be firm in the discharge of his duties, but will also not be partisan.
He said: "The police are expected to keep track and ensure the streets are safe. No security initiative is complete in the present circumstance without recourse to intelligence generated through our numerous platforms.
"These are to be processed and analysed into actionable finished products. We shall invest in building data base for all arrested suspects and exhibits collected at crime scene to facilitate identity of criminals.
"The era of unknown suspects will be drastically reduced. Efforts will be geared towards networking all police stations in line with the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, to exchange real time."
He stressed that his administration will rest on constructive engagement and community partnership because one area of mutual distrust and conflict has been in the area of service delivery
Hear him: " The police is often perceived to be high handed and rude in the discharge of her constitutional responsibility to the society without empathy. This disconnect has been responsible for a seeming lack of corporation and a seamless harmonious working relationship.
“To address this gap, a more regular session will be created to discuss issues across neighbourhoods and a viable option recommended. This shall be replicated to all levels in the command. The essence is a sustained regime of accountability and renewed trust."
He said his administration would endeavour to recover illegal arms because it has been brought to his knowledge that the major problem across the state has been orgy of violence unleashed on the populace by non state actors who have access to illegal firearms.
He went further to say that the lethal weapons have been used to kill, maim and rob victims, and that they shall be very unrelenting in their efforts to clampdown on cult groups, organized criminal gangs and unlicensed firearm holders to recover such unlawful weapons.
"I am going to ensure that innocent persons are not detained unlawfully and denied liberty. Supervising officers are expected to superintend over the raids of suspects and apply diligence.
"Every complaint of corrupt practices shall be investigated and persons found culpable shall be sanctioned. The provost unit and x-squad in the state criminal intelligence and investigation department (SCIID) shall be invigorated to be able to provide their oversight of personal conducts, to be complemented by monitoring teams,” he added.