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Community policing, panacea to curb crimes — Ekiti CP

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By Rotimi Ojomoyela

THE new Commissioner of Police Ekiti State Command, Mr.  Asuquo Amba, yesterday, threw his weight behind community policing saying it remains the only panacea to the rising waves of crimes and all forms of criminality in the country.

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Amba, who promised to strengthen community policing in the state to reduce crimes, said he would ensure that his men and officers operate within the ambit of the law and shun all forms of illegalities that could put the force into disrepute.

The CP, who was Commissioner of Police in-charge of Counter terrorism in Abuja, assumed office in Ekiti sequel to the retirement of his predecessor, Mr. Ahmed Bello from the force.

Amba, was at a time the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of anti-bomb unit, Explosive Ordinance Department and Commissioner of Police superintending over Bayelsa State.

Addressing men and officers of the Command, he said he was deployed to Ekiti to carry out the transformation agenda of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris and promised that the task would be accomplished.

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He told his men to embrace professionalism by respecting the rights of the members of the public as being preached by the present IGP.

His words: “Under my watch, the police will work within the ambit of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We are going to deploy community policing strategy to reduce crimes in the state and this we are going to achieve with honesty, professionalism, transparency and through dedication to duties.

“I, therefore, seek the cooperation, collaboration and partnership of the members of the public by giving us useful and timely information to enable this command rid Ekiti of all forms of criminality.

“Our intention is to achieve the task of making Ekiti crime-free, so as to create enabling environment for business and economic activities to thrive.

“We are also going to operate an open door policy to all members of the public regardless of religion, ethnicity or political affiliations. Everyone shall be equal and given the same attention in the interest of peace.”

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