By TONY EDIKE
ENUGU—The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Dikko Abubakar, yesterday, declared that Enugu State has the lowest crime rate in the country, explaining that this fact was buttressed by statistics and empirical evidence.
Abubakar, who spoke while taking delivery of 100 brand new vehicles donated to the police by Enugu State government, stated that this was largely a result of the tremendous support that the administration of Governor Sullivan Chime had been giving the police and other security agencies.
He said: “Today, I can confirm, as the Inspector-General of Police, that Enugu State has the lowest crime rate in Nigeria. I also confirm that Enugu is one the safest places in Nigeria. This is the result of the wonderful partnership between the Enugu State Government, the Police and other security agencies.”
He commended Governor Sullivan Chime for the gesture, saying it was an example that his colleagues should emulate.
He said: “I commend you (Chime) for this gesture. This is a shining example for your colleagues to emulate. This is a practical demonstration that you love and care for your people and you understand what it takes to provide security of lives and property”.
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The Inspector General said the latest donation of vehicles by the government was unprecedented in the sense that it included both patrol vans and sedans (saloon cars) adding that it fell in line with the new policy objective of his administration to move away from vans as is the practice in the advanced countries.
He also praised Governor Chime for has massive road development programme in the state, noting that the provision of streetlights on the major roads of Enugu metropolis was of great assistance to the police in their war against crime in the state.
Alhaji Abubakar promised that with the vehicles, “a new brand of policing would commence in Enugu State because police officers would be adequately trained in the use of the vehicles.”
Noting that the gesture was a challenge to the police, he charged officers and men of the Enugu State Police command to use the vehicles only for their stated purposes to rid the state of criminals and warned that any abuse or misuse of the vehicles by the officers will be sanctioned.
Earlier, while presenting the vehicles, consisting of 50 patrol vans and 50 cars, Governor Sullivan Chime remarked that it had been the policy of his administration to partner the police to maintain security.
He disclosed that the vehicles were provided in partnership with local government councils and were fully equipped with modern communication gadgets. The Governor added that the saloon cars would be used for patrols within the metropolis while the vans were to cover inter-government routes and the borders.
The governor said that his government was determined to ensure that the people will feel the presence of the police wherever they are and in the event of any incidence of crime, the police will appear within five minutes of receiving any alarm or emergency notice.
It would be recalled that Chime’s administration had over the past six years variously donated over one hundred patrol vans to the Police and other security agencies in the state.