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Yuletide: Ahiazu vigilante on alert * DPO urges respect for human rights

Members of lmo Security Network (ISN) and Imo Community Watch (ICW) in Ahiazu Mbaise LGA have been charged to be proactive and leave no stone unturned for timely detection and prevention of crime.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Uma Orji gave the charge in his maiden meeting with them at the police divisional Headquarters, Afor Oru.
He reminded them that Christmas is fast approaching and urged them to gird their loins and be on red alert to push crime to the lowest ebb.
CSP Uma harped on intelligent information gathering and sharing while guarantying confidentiality of reports.
The DPO enjoined them to shun infighting and bickering, close ranks and work as a team to flush out all miscreants from hideouts.
He restated his commitment to work with the vigilantes and other sister security agencies to fight crime headlong and urged them to shun acts that would put them in bad light.
The community policing friendly DPO warned against compromising crime and connivance with criminals and charged the vigilantes to permeate the nook and crannies to track kidnappers, armed robbers and fraudsters to enable thorough cracked down on syndicates terrorising the area and neighbourhood.
CSP Uma stressed need for courtesy, polite approach, patients and endurance, cautioning against drunkenness, pride, power intoxication, egoism and operation of private cells which he described as illegal and criminal.
He asserted that all information is subject to verification and admonished against false information, false witness and criminalizing civil cases.
The DPO assured to protect the vigilantes but enjoined them to respect the right of the people and work strictly within the ambit of the law.
In their separate responses, the LGA ISN and ICW Commanders, Mr. Enyiribe Enyi and Mr. Malachy Aguwa, respectively  pledged to work in tandem with  the police to checkmate crime but prayed for untainted co-operation.
Reacting also, the ICW Co-ordinator and Councillor Oparanadim, Mr. Tony Ekechukwu reiterated the need for mobility and advocated training and retraining of vigilantes even as he underscored the importance of quick response to distress calls.
The LGA immediate past Commander  ICW, Mr. Simeon Eze lamented increasing impostors in the vigilante outfit and called for check against the ugly trend.
The Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Emeka Nnorom, the Station Officer, Inspr. Godwin Enyinnia and Administration Officer, lnspr. Ezinne Neji were present during the meeting.

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