Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
At a point when the nation is battling with serious insecurity, the Cross River State police command says it has been working round the clock to bring a lasting solution to insecurity in the state.
It is as a result of this that the command has introduced a proactive way for fighting crime and criminality in the state.
This is part of the state’s commissioner of police’s resolve upon his assumption of office to ensure that criminality becomes a thing of the past in the state.
The CP, Sikiru Akande disclosed this during a press briefing at the Police Headquarters in Calabar where 34 suspects were paraded for allegedly committing various crimes in the state.
He appreciated the people of Cross River State for making the last one week a peaceful environment for everyone especially through the cooperation the police received from the public which helped them in keeping the Easter period crime free.
He said while everybody was busy enjoying themselves that was the time the police went deep in hitting some of the boys who had been giving the state a very hard time.
He also appreciated officers of the command who he said remained undaunted despite all the initial challenges they had to ensure that criminality was brought to the nearest minimum in the state.
In his words: “The case that is of importance to me is that of a man who is alleged of sexual assault. Indeed it’s not sexual assault. It was an incidence that somebody came all the way from Lagos with a bag full of sex toys to lure our female students into an hotel room.
He has substances suspected to be Indian hemp to use on the girl in a hotel but luckily the management of the hotel got what was happening and they called the police and we responded quickly.
We don’t know and we’re still investigating the hazard this suspect would have done especially, during this Easter holiday. So the burden of sexual assault or sexual cases attacked on female folks within the Easter period was very reduced”.
While assuring residents of the state of their safety, the CP stressed that it was their duty to ensure the safety of every citizen. He said they use every available means necessary to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently.
He added that it was in their quest for safety for everyone that made the command to go digital to fight criminality in the state.
“By our calling, we’ve signed the bond to pay the supreme prize at any time, but in paying supreme prize there are certain guidelines that we’ve been given and those guidelines is to protect us, those guidelines to protect us, we’re using them to the later and that is why you find out these days, you cannot find stagnant policemen or static policemen.
” It’s a measure that has helped us, now we know that when they know our style of evading them they will want to catch us by surprise. As they’re asking their own efforts so also we too we’re going to continue to reengineer our security tactics until we’re able to round everything up.
“On Thursday last week we tested something, digitalizing security of Cross River state, there’s nobody, there’s no criminal that wants to be known because the moment you know them, their enjoyment capacity has been reduced so what we’re doing now is that we’re going to the sky to watch on the ground so that anybody that does anything wrong, we will have him captured, then when we have him captured we will do a quick analysis and them before you will know it, we will pick them up.
“So when criminals know that their life span is reduced they will reduce their activities, so my dear you’re safe, you enjoyed your Easter and we will make sure that we step up our game so that you will continue to enjoy yourselves.”