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Seized arms will reduce thuggery in 2019 – Imo Police commissioner

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, has expressed optimism that the arms and ammunition recently recovered from wrong hands will reduce the number of arms and ammunition in circulation in the state and will also minimize thuggery in the coming 2019 elections.
The police commissioner was speaking in Owerri when he paraded some crime suspects and displayed arms and ammunition which his men recovered in line with the directives of the Inspector General of Police who directed State Police formations across the country to embark on such exercise.
The Commissioner stated that since the beginning of the mop-up operations, the number of arms and ammunition in circulation in Imo State had drastically reduced. He urged members of the public still in possession of such arms to return them to the State Command Recovery Task Force.
Meanwhile, the police commissioner has ordered the arrest and detention of three policemen alleged to have collected bribe from three online bloggers in Owerri, according to a report reaching our news desk.
The bloggers were said to be returning from a conference of online media practitioners in Owerri.
The reports said that Mr. Ezike directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department to conclude investigation into the matter within seven days.
He said the three policemen would face an orderly room trial if the allegations were found to be true. “The three policemen are in detention now. I have directed the DC SCIID to investigate the matter. I have equally directed him to reach out to the complainants , because as we speak , nobody has reported the incident apart from what we saw in the media. The Inspector General of Police is passionate about discipline and excellence. The allegation is corruption with impunity”, the CP was quoted to have said.

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