By Onozure Dania
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5 Headquarters, Benin City, Edo State, AIG Abubakar Mohammed, has frowned at the spate of kidnapping in some parts of the zone and charged the Commissioners of Police to rise up and ensure adequate security of lives and property.
The zone covers Edo, Delta and Bayelsa states.
According to a statement by Mr Emeka Iheanacho, Police Public Relations Officer of the zone, the AIG spoke at a meeting with the Commissioners of Police Edo, Delta and Bayelsa states over the security situation in the zone.
The meeting which was attended by Zannah Ibrahim, Commissioner of Police Delta State, Amba Asuquo, Commissioner of Police Bayelsa State and Johnson Kokumo, Commissioner of Police Edo State, examined the current crime wave with particular emphasis on the spate of kidnapping in the zone.
He directed that security be beefed up at entry and exit points linking the major cities and rural areas in their respective commands. He also charged the Commissioners of Police to commence intensive patrol in the entire zone.
The AIG further directed that the Commissioners of Police should de-emphasize their priorities on investigation of cases and focus on patrol, visibility policing and other crime preventive measures.
He observed that there are too many policemen attached to various units at the Command Headquarters and therefore, directed the Commissioners of Police to identify these units and ensure they are deployed to Divisions for visibility policing andpatrol.
He reiterated the importance of intelligence led policing in the fight against crime and criminality.
urged the Commissioners of Police to engaged men of state intelligence Bureau at their respective commands in this regards.
On the Inspector – General of Police ban on road block,the Assistant Inspector – General of Police directed the Commissioners of Police to ensure the enforcement of the directive in respective commands.
He also note that some policemen abandoned their duty post for illegal duties and warned that severe disciplinary action await anyone caught for illegal duties.
He stressed the need for commands to collaborate and work closely with the stakeholders and other non state actors in the police collective quest to rid the zone from all forms crime and criminality.