June 18, 2009

Uduaghan tasks new CP on security

By Austin Ogwuda
ASABA—GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State yesterday charged the newly posted Commissioner of Police to the state, Yakabu Adamu Alkali, to brace up to the security challenges arising from the creek war noting that some of dislodged militants in the creeks have moved upland causing “more problems for the upland”.

Receiving the new CP on a courtesy visit to Government House, Asaba, the governor said  “I want to say that you are coming at a time we are facing security challenges in the state. As soon as you settle down, I am sure that we will brief you properly and you get more familiar with the security challenges.

At this moment, everybody is aware that the Niger Delta problem is on at its peak. In the riverine areas of our state, a lot of challenges are taking place which are being handled by the Joint Task Force and the various communities.

“The fall out of those challenges”, he went on, “is  also being felt on land because we do know that some of the youths that have problems in the riverine areas are now on land and they are giving more problems for the upland. I guess that that is where you will really face your first challenge and your first as a commissioner of police in the state to be able to deal with the fall out of the crisis that we have in the riverine areas.

“It is our hope, as a state and determination to assist the police to succeed. We do know that it is not possible for the Federal Government to do it alone, so as a state government, whatever we can do to assist the police to succeed we will definitely do it.

“We want to assure you CP that this is a state that does not tolerate security outfits that are not officially recognized in the Nigerian Constitution. If those groups are bringing up their heads, we shall assist you to ensure that they are wiped out. We do not tolerate it , we do not have the Bakassi or whatever name they are called, we will not allow them to spring up in this state”, he added.

Alkali took over from Jacob Oshiomogho who is currently on pre-retirement leave and expected to be finally pulled out of the Police Force in August this year.