March 3, 2010

Police warn personnel against aiding criminals

Umuahia—ABIA State Police Commissioner, Mr. Jonathan Johnson, has warned officers and men of the command against supplying arms and ammunition to criminals, saying that anyone caught will be dealt with decisively.

Johnson gave the warning during a familiarization visit to police formations in Aba.

Speaking at the Uratta-Eziukwu Police Division headquarters behind new Timber and Allied Material Market in Aba , the Commissioner  called for symbiotic relations between the society and the Police for effective security of the state.

Addressing officers and men of the Division, Johnson said the day of reckoning was at hand and that no policeman caught in any form of corruption, including selling of arms and ammunition, hiring out of same, providing information to robbers as well as aiding and abetting crime in any form and extortion, would be spared.

The Commissioner charged his men to be contented with their salaries, rather than indulge in unwholesome practices. He enjoined them to invest their income judiciously and not on frivolities. Johnson also challenged those, whose wives are idle to start petty trading as a means of shoring up their earnings.

Johnson warned against extortion from the public in any guise, saying that the public would ordinarily show appreciation for an excellent service by the Police. The Commissioner also called on the society not to be hostile to the police, if they want the best of service.

“When the civil society do not help the police, they suffer transferred aggression from police personnel,” Johnson said. He commended the Police Community Relations Committee of the division, for their immense support to the Police.

In his remark, the elated Divisional Police Officer of Uratta-Eziukwu Division, Mr. Suleiman Abdullahi, conveyed the gratitude of his officers and men to the Commissioner for donating a brand, new Ford Ranger Patrol jeep to the division.