By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—DELTA State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has said that the 36 state governors endorsed the payment of one percent of excess crude fund for use by the Nigeria Police Force.
He explained that the decision was informed by the importance of peace and security to the development of the country as well as meeting the infrastructural and security needs of the police.
He spoke in Asaba, when he played host to the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, during the presentation of the IGP’s scorecard to Nigerians.
According to Uduaghan, the governors saw the need for the Police to update its equipment and manpower to acceptable standard worldwide as well as meet the current security challenges facing the country.
The governor also seized the opportunity to warn community leaders to desist from protecting criminals in their midst, while threatening that they would equally be prosecuted as accessories to the crime, should they connive with them.
He particularly condemned the attitude of elders and people of Kokori, in the state who, he said, had made it difficult for security operatives to fish out remnants of the kidnap and armed robbery gang living among them.
According to him, leaders and elders in the communities who celebrated their children involved in criminal activities only portrayed their communities in bad light. He said: “This is bad, especially when the state is doing all within its power to fight crime.
“Elders and leaders should help to fish out criminals in their communities and should not protect or celebrate criminals because anyone caught doing so will be treated as criminals.”