By Chukwudi Ikpe
The new Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Mr. Bolaji Fafowora, has said that the command, under his watch, will not condone any form of incivility to members of the public, as well as unethical or unprofessional acts or misconduct by his officers and men.
The commissioner, who stated this at the command’s headquarters in Owerri last weekend, during his maiden press briefing after assumption of office as the 35th commissioner of police, Imo State, also promised that, under his supervision, the command will ensure absolute respect for human rights at all times.
“The command, under my watch, will take drastic approach against police extortion and other vices along our major roads and highways. In view of this, the public complaint Bureau (BCP) of the command domiciled in the office of the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) will be energized for optimal performance.
Similarly, the ‘X’ squad Department, Monitoring Unit and the Command Provost Department vested with the responsibility of arrest, investigation and discipline of erring officers will be strengthened for effective and efficient performance.
Also the complaint response unit (CRU) as launched by the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, will be activated with dedicated phone lines to ensure prompt response to issues relating to professional infractions by policemen CP Fafowora stated.
The new police boss also assured that the community policing principle, which exists in the state, will not only be sustained but improved upon, adding that the command shall continue to partner with all other security agencies in the state to achieve the desired goal of protecting lives and property in the state.
The new CP acknowledged that the crime rate in Imo was low when he came in and commended his predecessor, CP Rabiu Ladodo, for his efforts and hard work.
“Upon my assumption of office on the 1st of January 2020, I met a state where crime and criminality has been reduced to the appreciable level. This is owing to the hard work, commitment and tireless efforts of my predecessor, CP Rabiu Ladodo, who has since retired after 35 years of service to the Nigeria Police Force and by extension, the Federal Republic of Nigeria. On behalf of the officers and men of the command, I wish to congratulate CP Rabiu Ladodo on his retirement and commend his leadership acumen, professional dexterity as well as his overall contribution to the force and most importantly the service he rendered to ‘Ndi Imo,” Fofowora said.
The police boss, who promised that the command will engage in drastic and aggressive fight against crime and criminality in all nook and crannies of the state, also presented 27 suspects arrested for various offences ranging from murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, child trafficking and other offences within the past few weeks.