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John ODHE, Yenagoa
The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 16, comprising of Rivers and Bayelsa states, Mr. Austin Agbonlahor has urged residents to support the police in the fight against sea piracy and other crimes in the newly created zone.
The AIG made the call on Wednesday while delivering a lecture to mark his maiden tour on the Bayelsa state Police Command in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Responding to the concerns earlier raised by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mike Okoli, which include shortage of man power, operational logistics, sea piracy among others, the AIG said to effectively fight crime, the people must be ready to volunteer vital information to aid the police.
He promised to ensure that the issue of shortage of personnel would be given the needed attention to beef up the command, calling on the command to step up their intelligence efforts to ease quick response against crime.
Commending the Bayelsa CP on his achievements within his short period of stay in the state, the AIG promised to support the state command in anyway possible to encourage them and boost their operations, noting that crime rate in the state has reduced under the new CP.
On how to support the police, he said “the essence of community policing is for everybody to get involved. Quick response is very important and how do we respond if we do not get distress calls early enough?
“The CP is barely few months here and if you can be sincere to yourselves, since he came, the crime rate has dropped. You can see that he is working hard to bring it to the barest minimum and l am counting on all of us because this challenge is for everybody.”
The police chief noted that the cooperation of the police commissioners
in charge of Rivers and Bayelsa states had helped him to achieve a lot in terms of effective policing of the zone.
Earlier in his welcome address, CP Okoli who described the visit of the pioneer AIG of the zone 16 as timing and beneficiary to Officers are Men of the state command, expressed optimism that the AIG would look into the challenges of the command.
“We are lucky to have your calibre as the pioneer AIG of the this zone. We have always known you as a creative, versatile, intelligent, self-confidence and very courageous police officer who is never afraid of taking the right decision,” Okoli added.