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Govs’ ADC ‘ll spend 3yrs – Onovo

…promises to tackle kidnapping in S-East

By Kingsley Omonobi

Abuja – Inspector General of Police, Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo said yesterday that henceforth, all aide de camps (ADC’s) attached to governors or political office holders are only entitled to spend a maximum period of three years on the assignment after which they must return to the force.

Giving the directive during the first interactive meeting between the Police Service Commission and the Police Management team on how to move the force forward, the IG explained that it was also operationally wrong for ADC’s to wear Mobile uniforms, pointing out that a situation where an ADC has served in that capacity for between 8 and 10 years, has been found to breed indiscipline in the force.

However, following the release of a circular to that effect by the force headquarters, Vanguard gathered that nearly two-third of governors in the country have began lobbying both the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, DIG Parry Osayande (rtd), the presidency and top Ministry of Police Affairs officials to intervene and force the IG to withdraw such directive.

On the vexed issue of the high rate of kidnapping in Anambra State and the entire South East, Onovo said the Police High Command has deployed several units of mobile police officers to the area to bring the menace of kidnapping in the South East to an end noting that “We would carry out a lot of surgical operations in the entire South East and know whether the kidnappers can withstand the onslaught.

“All I ask from the people is that they should just give us 14 days beginning from tomorrow (today). We will flush out those criminals from Anambra and the South East. Nigerians can no longer tolerate their menace”, he said.

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