The new Assistant General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 6, Muktari Ibrahim, has said that for the Nigerian Police Force to win the war against crime and criminality in the country, its officers and men must become proactive and also do away with the old method of police operations, which slow in reacting and lacks dynamism.
At his maiden meeting with the four Commissioners of Police under his zone in Calabar Monday, Ibrahim said modern policing demands getting intelligence so as to nip in the bud the plans of the criminals.
He said for such to be accomplished, new strategies must be evolved by members of the Nigerian Police Force.
The new police helmsman said criminals have continued to adopt new tactics hence the need to use modern techniques of policing, which is all about intelligence gathering, effective planning and using such planning to counter criminals.
“Criminals now opt for cheaper, safer, low-risk and highly rewarding criminal activities and if we must cope and meet with these new strategies of criminals, our old methods of operation must give way to modern method of crime prevention and control,” he said.
Ibrahim urged the Commissioners of Police in the zone to “draw an action plan, which will include all the stakeholders in the security business.
“You must not underestimate the relevance of other security agencies, youth organisations, labour unions, women organisations etc in crime prevention and control,” he said.
“The present administration does not tolerate bribery and corruption, complacency, ineptitude, incompetence and lack of focus. I will not tolerate the activities of any policeman whose actions negate the objective of the administration. Bail is free. Anyone whose freedom is denied unjustly by any policeman should complain to the state commissioner of police,” the AIG stated.
Ibrahim said though Zone 6 was moderately peaceful, some criminal activities like abductions, kidnappings, armed robbery, oil theft and bunkering amongst others were still prevalent and should be seen as the challenges to confront.